I come from a musical family and I picked up some of those tendencies as well. I played trombone a large portion of my life and recently I’ve been teaching myself how to play the piano. I got so good at playing the piano that a handful of times in the seminary I played for … Continue reading The Hope for a New Creation
When I was in high school, it had been many years since I had been to confession. I went to my first reconciliation and then had no desire to go again until many years later. That desire changed when I was a freshman in High School. I was at a weekend-long conference called the Steubenville … Continue reading God Removes our Burdens
I may have shared with you before that I had a surgery on my chest. I was born with pectus excuvatum a condition that caused my chest to be caved in slightly. In order to fix it, they had to do some major surgery. They called it minimally invasive but for me, it didn’t feel … Continue reading God in the midsts of our suffering
There was one weekend I was old enough for my parents to be away and I could be at home by myself and take care of myself with supervision. I remember at the time getting a little angry over something that did not matter and because of it I accidentally broke something in the house … Continue reading Our Father’s Love
During my time in the seminary I was an early raiser. Our mornings would start about 7am with breakfast, morning prayer at 7:30 and our first class at 8am. I am sure there were some guys in seminary who got up at 7am, quickly showered in time for morning prayer and then eat breakfast after … Continue reading Food for the Journey
There is a gesture that we do every day, and maybe multiple times a day that I know for me happens without much thought. I am sure you are familiar with it. If there were holy water in the church, you would have made it entering the church. We all made this sign as we … Continue reading Sign of the Cross
Sorry I've been gone for long from this blog. But here is my homily from the weekend! No text this time.
What reminder have you used to make sure you wash your hands for 20 seconds? I've been using a verity of things, counting to 20, and singing happy birthday to myself twice. I've heard other things last about 20 seconds. Whatever we do, all of us are taking extra precautions to keep ourselves safe and … Continue reading The Serpent and Jesus on the Cross
I was listening to the bishop this morning at his daily mass. He preached the readings, and he spoke about how God responds to us when we sin and don’t do what we are supposed to do. He made the comparison to parents whose child does something wrong. They may be mad at them, but … Continue reading God’s Response to our Sin
We are socially distancing from each other right now. We need to keep six feet away from each other and other precautions to keep us safe. However, we may feel that we are distanced in more ways than just being six feet away from everyone. We may feel a distance from close friends who we … Continue reading God Draws Close to Us.