I don’t understand grudges. During this past month, I have heard of various people in families, in churches and in neighborhoods who are not speaking to one another. In each situation, one person offended another person and a disagreement ensued. The disagreement was not resolved and hurt feelings and resentments grew. As a result of… Continue reading Grudges
“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” We pray this prayer every time we go to Mass right before we receive Eucharist. I don’t really know why, but this prayer has always been a favorite of mine. It’s a… Continue reading Only Say the Word
“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” Pope Francis After an ordinary Sunday morning at work, which for me also is an ordinary Sunday morning at church, I firmly believe that mercy more often appears in snippets rather than huge, dramatic events. At least, that’s been my experience lately. … Continue reading Merciful dodgeball?
While setting out on a morning walk recently, I found myself in brief conversation with a man while waiting to safely cross a busy street. Standing at the edge of a crosswalk where drivers often ignore the Stop for Pedestrians sign, there was a particularly good reason why the man was waiting before stepping out… Continue reading Crosswalk
Have you ever noticed? Once you wake up, it’s almost impossible to go back to sleep. Now I’m not talking about when you wake up 30 minutes before the alarm clock and then burrow deeply into the pillows with the satisfied feeling that you have another glorious half-hour of hibernation. I’m talking about a different… Continue reading Once You’re Awake
“Daddy, is it going to thunder out tonight?” “I don’t know, honey, maybe.” This was the conversation I overheard when exiting a grocery store the other evening under a rather cloudy sky. The moon was already out but the clouds were covering a good portion of it so it was just like a dim orb… Continue reading Cloudy Skies
A sunny day can be a beautiful thing. When I drop off my teen before school each day, however, I must drive directly toward the rising sun to head home. There’s a short time where the angle of the sun is practically blinding, even with the visor down and my dark sunglasses on. It’s not… Continue reading Sunny Mornings