Filled With the Spirit

A mother took her five year old son to a concert by Paderewski, the famous Polish pianist.  She hoped the experience would encourage her son to learn music.  There she met an old friend and got so involved in talking with her that she failed to notice that her son had...

No Greater Love

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.  There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  (John 15:12-13) These words from John’s gospel were some of Jesus’ final words to his disciples before his death.  I’ve always felt they...

Holding Spiritual Hands, with Holy Mary

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”    Isaiah 41:13 NIV  I last wrote a reflection to you just prior to Ash Wednesday.  Quarantine Eve you could say. That may seem years ago.  We find ourselves...

AN INTERRUPTED LIFE

“Most people carry stereotyped ideas about life in their heads. We have to rid ourselves of all preconceptions, of all slogans, of all sense of security, find the courage to let go of everything, every standard,  every conventional bulwark.  Only then will life become...

We Walk By Faith

“Thus says the Lord: Stand by the road and look, and ask for the ancient paths where the way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.”  - Jeremiah 6:16 In these days of unease and uncertainty, it is necessary to find comfort and solace.  One of the time...

Recognizing Jesus

So much has happened in our world since I last submitted a reflection for this publication.  Much is different.  I have found that even the way I approach the Scriptures has changed.  I read them now in light of the pandemic and I find the presence of God through them...

The Only thing Permanent is Impermanence

Like waves in the ocean, all things are impermanent. I will accept whatever happens and make it my friend. ¹ Yesterday was a very strange weather day, even for spring here in northern Wisconsin. Last spring, I began taking almost daily walks in the woods on our rural...

Dying…and Rising

When I lived at St. Anthony, each year as Lent came along, I would have a conversation about it with Joan Wilichowski, our secretary-receptionist-amazing person.  We would agree that in most years you didn’t have to choose a “penance” or some practice to do, and that...

Listen to Your Heart

While driving, I heard Roxette’s Listen to Your Heart come on the radio. That refrain stuck with me in a way which is often The Spirit’s way of saying “listen up”. God speaks to us in such a way.  We hear, see, read or think in a way that gets our attention and...

Awareness

March 27th, 1845, marks the birthday of German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen, the recipient of the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.  Dr. Roentgen was awarded this prize for a discovery that he had not set out to find but rather stumbled upon. His finding, which...

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