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

Prayerful Peace

“This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” From Mark 7:6 A friend recently shared that he has truly made progress when it comes to prayer. Somehow, he has managed to set aside the hustle and hassles of daily life in order to spend quality time meditating. The results … Continue reading