How To Pray When You Don’t Believe I get it. The way our world is spinning with chaos, division, hatred, and distrust we might wonder where God is. When you are confronted with the vacuum of nothingness which was once filled with a loving relationship, you question the existence of the God of love. Scott Hershowitz, professor of philosophy and law... Continue Reading →

A First Communion and the Real Presence First communion in the Catholic tradition is an event in which little seven-year olds get to receive the consecrated host for the first time. They have had several months of education bringing them to this moment where they learn that Jesus is truly coming to them in what adults call, ‘the Real Presence’, the... Continue Reading →

The Connection of Life in Spirituality and Ecology A few years ago I made a retreat on the spirituality of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the brilliant Jesuit paleontologist whose work originally was censored by the Vatican for its progressive theme of the connection between science and theology. De Chardin wisely asked his secretary to hide his unpublished writings until after his death... Continue Reading →

Baseball and Spirituality. I’m not kidding! I once asked a friend which she preferred: baseball, football, volleyball or basketball? “Highball,” she answered sarcastically. One could see why the soothing fizz of the drink was helpful given the recent acquisition of the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Look it up on your own to learn of the division this has caused... Continue Reading →

What was the Agony in the Garden? The liturgical readings for this week abound with meaning for all Christians.  I encourage you to take solid time each day to reflect on a passage that touches you or inspires you to meditate on.  You can get the readings of the day as they are read in your local church or you can... Continue Reading →

Love and the Book Some of my happiest memories of childhood centers on reading books. When I very young, like third grade, my Dad would pick me up from the local library on his way home from work. I had checked out a pile of books, my face barely able to reach the check out counter where the... Continue Reading →

Losing Sight to See More Clearly I am concerned about my eyesight: glaucoma in both eyes and a macula tear in one. I’ve had the macula problem for about 15 years and it’s not getting worse, I think. Though I do well - all things considered - I find it hard to read in public like liturgies, etc. With eye... Continue Reading →

The Truths That Surround Us at Death This has been a painful week for my family. We buried our youngest sister after a few months of indescribable pain. Our Lenten journey was folded into watching the intrepid advance of a lacerating, insufferable cancer which ultimately took her from us as we felt her breath drawn into the ether of Somewhere. As... Continue Reading →

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