I learn a lot from my children. They’re a constant reminder of God’s incredible love and generosity and if I pay close enough attention, God uses them to teach me little lessons. Most recently He used my 3 month old baby girl to remind me to live in the present moment. Of course most everyone…

In a little over a month – on July 26, 2017 – the newly constructed Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral will be dedicated! Seems like this would be an appropriate time to reflect on the Holy Name of Jesus. I read once that the sweetest sound in all the English language is the sound of…

There’s this really sweet country song by Rodney Atkins called Watching You that plays on that fun (and often disconcerting) quality of young children to pick up the habits (both good and bad) of their parents. The main chorus ends with the kid saying, “I wanna do everything you do so I’ve been watching you.”…

[ NOTE: In April of 2016, Deacon Greg Kandra posted the following on his blog: “The Deacon’s Bench.” Recent events have brought it to my attention again — I thought it was imperative that I bring it to yours.] The conversation threw me for a loop. A religious ed teacher told me about a talk he…

One of the first concepts you learn in the study of the arts is “the willing suspension of disbelief.” This means that, when watching something like a movie or a stage play, you allow for liberties in the passage of time and other dramatic incongruities. For example, many days or even years can pass in mere minutes, and characters divided by…

The year is 1636. War is raging across much of Europe. In the city of Eilenburg, Germany, there lives a Lutheran pastor by the name of Martin Rinkart, whose parish is not only ravaged by war, but also by a deadly epidemic, and by wide-spread economic misery. He has buried five thousand, (5,000) of his…

Going to work with dad

You might remember “Take Your Child to Work Day” from your childhood. The idea, I suppose, was both to build up the relationship between children and working parents and introduce children to different careers. It’s a good idea, but what about “Take Your Father to Work Day”? God, the Father, that is. For far too many,…

One of my favorite CDs growing up (and admittedly I even had it on cassette tape… ) was “The Collection” by Amy Grant. It contained one of my all time favorite songs, “Angels.” I can still remember it was the fourth song on the CD. If you’ve read the first reading from today (Acts 12:1-11)…

First of all, I’d like to say Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! Thanks for all that you do, all the laughs that you bring, and the loving, supportive witness you give. Last month I shared a little reflection I had written on what motherhood has taught me about God. It was…

I have learned so much this year, and from an unlikely source – my infant son! I never could have predicted how much he would be able to teach me (I figured he’d do all the learning, and I’d do all the teaching!). So in honor of Mother’s Day (a little late), I thought I’d…