Always Side-By-Side

I’ve shared this numerous times, I know. Still, I repeat that my favorite portrayal of God is offered in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The image of that ever-patient, welcoming and forgiving father who opens his arms to his children, regardless of their carrying on, is something I’ve held dearly all of my life. … Continue reading

Teach Them Well

The child grew and became strong in spirit… Luke 1:80 As soon as I saw his face, I knew the young man before me had walked the same hallways with me three decades earlier. Though I was never his teacher, this bright and talented student and I interacted frequently due to our involvement in special … Continue reading

Prioritize Lovingly

Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I gave you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14 A friend recently shared that she isn’t going to host her annual summer party this year. She’s getting over the care-taking and recent loss of a loved one and … Continue reading

God Shares Our Sorrow

I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me. John 10:14 Our phone has rung for the same reason far too often these days. This time, an elderly gentleman whom we saw at church just a few days ago has unexpectedly passed away. When I spoke with the … Continue reading

A Child’s Faith

Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom. Matthew 11:25 My granddaughter is extremely excited these days. She will soon be in second grade which means this is the year she will receive her First Communion. While the teacher in me encouraged her not … Continue reading

We Pray To The Lord…

Praise the Lord, all you nations; glorify him, all you peoples. Psalm 117:1 I’m one of a small team of writers who prepare the Prayer of the Faithful which we offer at Sunday Mass each weekend. These communal prayers address the needs of the world, the church, our families and the community-at-large. I admit that … Continue reading