Bugs, Brooms, and Brood X

All Photo Credit: Pixabay.com We keep our snow shovel at the back door well into April for the spontaneous snowfalls that often appear until May.  (We have several yards to walk to get to our garage.)  This year, however, we have not retired the shovel as we anticipate the Great Storm of Cicadas about to arrive in... Continue Reading →

What Does Compassion Mean For Us

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com One of the differences between the virtues of kindness and compassion is that kindness “gives to” while compassion “identifies with.”  Both are ingredients of charity and we hardly have one without the other.  But compassion struck me the other day when I heard an interview with two writers who have produced an amazing book... Continue Reading →

Wounded and Dead in Our Backyard

Photo Credit: Mary Ann Flannery, SC As we wind down the days of Citizen-Scientist Month, and the many commemorations and reminders and resolutions pertinent to Earth Day, April 22, 2021, I have had occasion to reflect on the critical seriousness of the health of our planet. In late February, we experienced a snowstorm which whipped... Continue Reading →

Another Conversation Overheard Between Champ and Major

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com Champ:  Listen bro, no more flipping out and going after anyone unless I give the signal and we both know danger is present.  Clear and present danger!!!  You’re just too impulsive.  And the guy you attacked was a Secret Service Agent! Major:  So am I. Champ:  No, you’re not.  You’re just a James Bond wanna be.  You are not White... Continue Reading →

Easter: The Light Has Come to a Darkened World

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com It doesn’t matter that Easter, like last year, was muted in most of our churches.  I’m told that Passover, March 27 to April 4, was the same.  But our priests and rabbis showed up wading through aisles of lilies and beckoning the faithful to come in.  The crowds were limited, however, but more in number this year than... Continue Reading →

How to Claim Peace in Chaos

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com Palm Sunday has opened the gates of our Redemption.  We are now being swept into the swirl of tension where the good faces the evil and results in our redemption.  Chaos theory runs rampant in theology.  The narrative of this week is meant to demonstrate that a good, simple teacher of the new faith... Continue Reading →

The Holy Drama of the Coming Days

Photo credit: Pixabay As we advance toward Palm Sunday, we are confronted with the reality of a man facing his last days on earth knowing he had done all he could so that others might believe in his message, but all is not accepted. A tiny rupture of light is recorded in John’s Gospel of... Continue Reading →

Finding Peace and Love Out of Darkness

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com Yesterday, March 14, Roman Catholics read and reflected on a teaching in the Gospel of John the Evangelist through the wonderful story of Nicodemus and the call to a new or renewed faith in Jesus Christ.  It’s a powerful story for each of us considering our Lenten renewal.  Our friend Nicodemus comes at... Continue Reading →

What Can We Do For a Kingdom at Risk?

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com Have you heard about Elizabeth Ann, the newest sensation to electrify the Internet, FaceBook, and Twitter?  She’s absolutely adorable.  She’s only a few months old and already has a major following that competes with Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Taylor Swift.  Check her out.  You will immediately want to hug her and look into those big enchanting... Continue Reading →

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