FINALS WEEK: FINDING AND REFLECTING GOD’S LOVE

    The second Sunday of Advent introduces John the Baptist. Beyond the locusts and honey, this intriguing figure invites us to consider repentance and preparation for God. St. John's University, an institution of higher education, with a mission rooted in faith, service, diversity, and academic excellence, while providing a home for often those excluded... Continue Reading →

To Know God

Around five years ago, I led a group of students on a pilgrimage to Paris and Rome. While in Rome, we had lunch with the Daughters of Charity, a religious community of women who, as one of their website writes, "devote their lives to serving the poorest and most abandoned individuals in today’s society." Fr.... Continue Reading →

So Much to Learn

  A few years ago, I was away with my wife, Suzie, for a weekend getaway. After a day of exploring, we went to an observatory on the North Fork of Long Island for an opportunity to view the stars from advanced telescopes. I was moved by the generosity and passion of the volunteers who... Continue Reading →

DO NOT BE AFRAID

What if we looked at death, not as the end, but as something new, something better. One of the challenges that we face in achieving this perspective is our foundation. We do not fully trust, despite the many, many promises of great spiritual minds and leaders providing centuries of messages that God has delivered in... Continue Reading →

Do You Love Me?

  Three times in the Gospel from yesterday's Catholic Mass (John 21:1-19), Jesus asks Peter: "Do You Love Me? Three times, each time erasing the three denials by Peter before the cock crowed, just weeks before. As I heard this Gospel proclaimed last night, I heard Jesus in my heart as me the same question.... Continue Reading →

Let It Be & Let It Go

For several generations, the Beatles hit "Let it Be," has captured the love and admiration of western civilization. When Paul McCartney discussed the origins of the lyrics with James Corden last year, we were reminded of the depth of this music and its special place in our own stories. In 2013, the Disney film Frozen introduced... Continue Reading →

SET FREE YOUR INNER ANGEL

Michelangelo, the famous Renaissance artist, approached sculpting as a process to “set free” angels. He would pick the right block of rigid stone, and through a discovery process, chip away until he set the angel, or statue, free. While he spoke of stone, you are invited“set free” the beauty that exists within you. Within all... Continue Reading →

WHO AM I?

  “When you get your, 'Who am I?', question right, all of your,'What should I do?' questions tend to take care of themselves” ― Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life Who am I? I am a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a colleague, a minister, an author,... Continue Reading →

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