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
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
I am not an angry person, I thought at first. It turns out, I was wrong. Sometimes in life, God invites us into a deeper reflection. For me, as well as for many others, this invitation often comes in the form of signs. Specifically, it is the consistent re-emergence of a theme or idea that… Continue reading ANGER
“And when you discover what you’re going to be in life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I am a writer. At different times in my life, I proudly recognized this vocation. As a high school… Continue reading On The Journey