It was the summer of 2007, and I was blessed to co-lead a group of St. John's University students on a service pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. A quick history lesson: Lourdes was a poor town where a teenage girl named Bernadette lived. In 1858, over a period of 5 months, Mary, the Blessed Mother, appeared… Continue reading LOOKING FOR A MIRACLE
During this holy season, we may find ourselves focusing on the notions of sin and repentance. As difficult as this may be, exploring our sins present an opportunity for us to learn some important lessons about ourselves so we may truly grow in relationship with our God. The best definition of sin that I heard… Continue reading What Can Our Sins Teach Us?
A very blessed Ash Wednesday to you all. As we begin this Lenten journey, allow me to share my reflection (adapted for this site) offered this morning at an Ash Wednesday prayer service on the Queens campus of St. John's University in St. Thomas More Church. In a few minutes, you will be… Continue reading Ash Wednesday: Fall In Love with God
57,600 minutes. How do you measure a season of love? The 40-day Lenten journey that many Christians begin this Wednesday invites a deeper exploration of what it means to be in love with God. When Lent ends, we will find ourselves in mid-April. The weather will be warmer, the sun out longer, and baseball will… Continue reading SEASON OF LOVE
As I reflected this past week on future posts for this website, in the midst of Impeachment hearings, the Coronavirus, and a number of other important issues, I felt an inner nudge to focus on the Super Bowl. At first thought, I wondered what is spiritual about the biggest sporting event in the United States.… Continue reading A Spiritual Take on the Super Bowl
Yesterday, I shared with the world the exciting news that Dreams Come True: Discovering God's Vision for your Life will be published on May 6th by New City Press. This book has been a dream come true for me. As sure as my vocations as father, husband, and minister, I am also a writer. While… Continue reading THE CALL TO BE FRUITFUL
Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This feast recalls Mary's conception in St. Anne's womb without sin. The belief is that for Mary to be the God-bearer, she had to be perfect, thus born without original sin. At the same time, scripture reminds us that she was very much human.… Continue reading Why Mary?