Thirsty!

As I was in music rehearsal this morning before the 11:00 Mass, I observed a very sweet moment between a father and child. The 9:00 Mass was ongoing, and as often happens, a parent came out of the sanctuary with their restless child. I stood outside the parish library down the hall, with tambourine inContinue reading “Thirsty!”

FamilyTree

Yesterday morning, as I read the daily Scripture passages, memories of baking Christmas cookies with my mother came to mind. The genealogy of Jesus is recounted at the beginning of the Gospel according to Matthew: “Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah…theContinue reading “FamilyTree”

Heartbeat of God

I still myself enough, My cheek against the ancient tree, cut in half by lightning, then trimmed by machine’s saw. I hear the roots cry up to the large wide stump: “Listen!” Lo and behold: I feel the heartbeat of God. “I will keep growing.” Smaller branches sprout from the sides, Tiny heartbeats with newContinue reading “Heartbeat of God”

WE ARE SENT

My first trip out each day is to church for Mass, when possible. The communicants are my friends, as we worship together nearly every morning. We come together, giving thanks to God for our lives, and for others. We also petition Christ to give wisdom to leaders of nations, to guide our church in truth,Continue reading “WE ARE SENT”

COME TO ME

Jesus said, “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.” – (read John 6:35-40) Did you hear that?! “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.” All we need to do is to come to the Table, where the Bread of Life is offered. He will not reject us. How loved that shouldContinue reading “COME TO ME”

A BORDER VALENTINE

On this Valentine’s Day, The fence got in the way Of sharing civil love With the woman on the other side. She holds her baby, approaching “my country.” Approaching me. I freeze. What can I do? Border patrol looks on, ready to intervene. I think they have guns in their jeeps. I turn, shame wellingContinue reading A BORDER VALENTINE

Which is it?

The church I now attend was built in 1991. Its basic modern design offers straight lines and little color. The pews are set to encourage parishioners to take notice of those around them as the Body of Christ. Generally, all pews face the altar, the center of the Eucharistic celebration, some straight on, and someContinue reading “Which is it?”

Prayer to St. Joseph

With a Father’s Heart, St. Joseph, you loved and nurtured Jesus. Surely you taught Him with patience and wisdom, so that He learned to do the same, growing into the man you helped Him to become. Thank you, St. Joseph, for protecting our Lord, for listening to God in your dreams, for remaining steadfast amongContinue reading “Prayer to St. Joseph”

Holy Breath

George Floyd cried out: “I can’t breathe!” as a policeman knelt on his neck, snuffing out George’s life, his breath. Covid-19 is attacking people’s lungs – “I can’t breathe!” The pandemic is killing and destroying people’s lives all over the world. Not only are we dying physically, but we can’t even breathe normalcy into ourContinue reading “Holy Breath”