Advent Prayer

Advent Prayer

This prayer came to me several years ago as a gift. Some writing is like that, as if an angel is whispering the story into my ear, and I am taking dictation. This was a beautiful lesson to me that Christmas, and I have returned to it since as a reminder of that...
Cat Tales, Part 2

Cat Tales, Part 2

Several months ago, I wrote about my new roommate named Petey, an older feral cat. At some point his medical needs were obvious and he was provided with the care he required at the foster home before coming to live with me. When you were first introduced to Petey, I...
Mourning Doves

Mourning Doves

I live in the rectory of St. Casimir Parish, just north of Stevens Point. Being out in the country I am blessed with the sights and sounds of a variety of birds. Since arriving here three years ago, mourning doves seem to find the rectory a welcome place to visit....
Being Autumn

Being Autumn

“There is visible in all thingsan invisible fecundity,a dimmed light,a meek namelessnessa hidden wholeness.This mysterious Unity and Integrityis Wisdom, the Mother of all…”Thomas Merton After the riotous palette of autumnal reds-golds-oranges has faded, replaced by an...
On the Way to Sainthood

On the Way to Sainthood

Do you ever feel like All Saints’ Day is the unattainable celebrity version of All Souls’ Day? Perhaps you find yourself thinking my faith will never be that strong. My life could never be that exemplary. My works will never have such an impact. Let’s take St....
Time of Year

Time of Year

As I was driving to work one day I noticed a harvested corn field. There in the middle of the field stood one lonely corn stock. It was missed by the machinery but it looks tall and strong standing at attention almost. What happened? How did it get missed? Reflecting...

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