Advent Reflection: A Time of Preparation

Prepare the way... Prepare your holiday menus for those who will break bread with you in the coming weeks. Prepare your to-do lists to keep track of the December demands. Prepare your home with decorations, cleanliness, and the sounds and smells of the season. Prepare the gifts and cards that attempt to represent your love,… Continue reading Advent Reflection: A Time of Preparation

Advent Reflection: Be Not Afraid

I recently heard a statement, that although untrue, offered an opportunity for deeper reflection. The statement was that the words "Be not afraid," (or some version of this, such as "fear not") appears 365 times in the Bible, one time for every day of the year. Although this is inaccurate among a variety of Bible… Continue reading Advent Reflection: Be Not Afraid

Biden Denied Communion: A Short, Yet Timely Reflection

Former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden was declined Holy Communion at a South Carolina parish this past Sunday.  You can read the story here. (There are other recent examples of the denial of the Eucharist related to other conflicts with Church teaching related to sexuality, identity, and marriage.) I wrestled with this story… Continue reading Biden Denied Communion: A Short, Yet Timely Reflection

In the Company of Saints

In anticipation of All Saints Day this Friday, our bedtime routine included a riveting rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In." After Shea, my three-year old toddler, marched and danced around the living room, I asked her, "Do you know what a saint is?" Shea stopped, smiled, and said, "St. Francis." This answer surprised… Continue reading In the Company of Saints

It Won’t Be Like This For Long

"It won’t be like this for long." These words played earlier this morning as the backdrop to the daily routine of preparing meals and steaming clothes for the day. This song, sung by Darius Rucker, was an early morning wake up call to appreciate the present in all of its glory.   An hour… Continue reading It Won’t Be Like This For Long


"Once someone said that if, by chance, all the Gospels disappeared from the earth, Christians should be such that, just by looking at their lives, the Gospel could be rewritten." These words were spoken by Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement. It reminds us of the more familiar words, "see how they love one another,"… Continue reading REWRITING THE GOSPELS