Plan Ahead

“…go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” From Matthew 19:21 A recent dinner in Chicago reminded me of my college commute. Every day, I traveled from the West Side to the far northeast. This involved one bus and subsequent transfers to the Lake Street and … Continue reading

God’s Seedlings

“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 Our three granddaughters attended a church preschool. This past week, the youngest moved on to join her older sisters at their local public school. Since I spent my career in public education, … Continue reading

Humble Living

A few weeks ago, a student from a nearby high school approached my pastor to ask if we might help her to collect supplies for a school on the West Side of Chicago. Father Greg was touched by the young woman’s willingness to take on this project and he agreed to allow her to seek … Continue reading

A Holy Breeze

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1 Before I set out for my walk this morning, I decided to empty my mind of the day’s concerns and open myself up to God’s presence. I admit that I was not a block away from home when I … Continue reading

Fix This Mess

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus. They were looking for some heavenly sign from him as a test. Mark 8:11 It has never been easy for me to stand by and watch the suffering of those I’ve been given to love. Whether they are my own family members, dear friends, a … Continue reading

God’s Open Door

“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the family’s leavings.” Mark 7:24 I grew up in an Irish and Italian neighborhood. Since only the tiniest drop of either bloodline flows through me, I had no preference for either group. The truth is that I envied them both, especially on St. Patrick’s and … Continue reading