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”...
On Recognizing When You Might Be The Problem

On Recognizing When You Might Be The Problem

I’ve met many unhappy people in my day and they usually have a few things in common. First, they all completely hate where they live. They’ll talk about how they hate their house, they hate the weather, they hate the town, etc. etc. They refuse to see the good...
Saints: The All-Star Team

Saints: The All-Star Team

This past weekend, we celebrated All Saints’ Day, commemorating people who tried their best to live a life oriented toward Christ—and succeeded eternally! In thinking about saints and how central they are to our growth in holiness, I’m reminded of when my...