The Christian life… on ice!

The Christian life… on ice!

I’m an avid figure-skater, but not a very skilled one. I really took to skating while I was in Canada, because, let’s be honest: your outdoor exercise options are rather limited in a place that is frozen nine months a year. But I relished the challenge, the...
The God of New Beginnings

The God of New Beginnings

As I write this post I am standing on the porch of a log cabin in Oklahoma. I am gazing a a beautiful and brilliant sun slowly making her rapid descent below the horizon. As I watch this I am reminded of two things. First, there will, in all likelihood be a tomorrow....
No room at the inn

No room at the inn

One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot this Advent is that there was no room at the inn. Allow me to explain. It’s all too easy to take the uncertainty (and frankly, the humor) out of the Nativity story. Mary’s a young, unwed mom-to-be whose first reaction when...

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue…

Blue has never been my color.  I’m more of a black with alternating shades of gray sort of guy.  I remember well the day I told my diocesan vocations director of this fact.  ”Why do you want to be a priest?” he asked.  ”Well Father, I look...
The serving dish

The serving dish

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, which means one thing: food! Sure, it’s a holiday about being thankful, but let’s be honest—what’s memorable are the grocery lists, the recipes, the eating, the overeating, the leftovers, and the “never going to eat again”...