I Hear You……Father

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts” - Ps.95 One of the most surprising aspects I learned after the death of my father three months ago was that I was struggling within my mind to recall what his voice sounded like.  Of course we have video recordings...

Dynamic Flow of Love

I am thinking about God. A big and mysterious topic! Depending on how we were raised and what we were taught, the topic of God may bring all sorts of images to our minds and imaginations.  As I consider these things, my mind wanders to the topic of church...

Shadow – Fear

I was driving to work one day and this little voice started to work it’s negativity on me.  I have a variety of names for it but one of them is my shadow.  This shadow of mine likes to wait until the right opportunity when I am tired, overwhelmed, or just trying to do...

Authentic Freedom

In a few days we celebrate the Fourth of July, with this year marking the 245th anniversary of our nation’s independence.  Freedom is a precious gift that we often take for granted.  It is a basic human right that many are denied. The Oxford Dictionary defines freedom...

Healing Comes in Many Ways

As one ages, one may attend more funeral liturgies.  In the Catholic Tradition, the funeral liturgy is a wonderful way to give God praise in the midst of family, friends and acquaintances.  There is also the opportunity, if the family desires, to show how the one who...

This Land is OUR Land

This year I did something I had never done in my life.  Both of my parents did it, but I was never interested, even though they tried to get me involved.  Some of my siblings did it as did many of my friends.  Over the years I have heard hundreds of stories from...

We Are Formed

We are formed by environment and grace, by politics and prayer, by church and conscience.  All God’s creatures conspire to teach us as well.  We stumble.  We stutter.  We rise.  We are lifted.  - St Anthony of Padua (Feast Day June 13) Every other month I drive...

When Was the Last Time You Sang?

When was the last time you sang? When was the last time you danced?  –Questions put to the sick by a Native American Medicine Man ¹ One morning last week I was sitting at my kitchen table planning a prayer experience for a weekly group I have been part of for many...

Memorial Day

Next Monday we again celebrate Memorial Day.  This day has several meanings for people.  The primary one remains the honoring of those who have died in war.  And then with that we associate the memory of all who have served the country, and who have not necessarily...

When Nothing Speaks

The date I had promised to write a reflection was fast approaching and yet I had not a single insight, though, or inspiration to share.  Nothing spoke to my heart.  There was only an empty silence. I tried writing about nice thoughts using lofty spiritual words but...

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