What We Can Learn from the Benedictines

What We Can Learn from the Benedictines

It was a mild December night in Minnesota as a hundred Catholic adults converged upon the beautiful house of a lovely young couple in order to meet a monk. They entered the house and, having been welcomed with a smile, dove right into the fudge and wine and entered...
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...
Children’s Liturgy of the What Now?

Children’s Liturgy of the What Now?

Folks, I don’t know about you but there is this thing my parish does that really gets under my skin. Before going any further, the following is just my opinion (all of it) and truly just a thought I had about children and mass today as we approach the...
The Season of the Unexpected

The Season of the Unexpected

I was putting our younger daughter to sleep, and as we snuggled in the chair, I started singing:  “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . .” She picked up the tune and sang the next line:  “. . . Jack Frost sniffing at your nose . . .” Christmas is full of surprises....
Why I Bring My Kids to Funerals

Why I Bring My Kids to Funerals

On Monday morning, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  my family and I were at Mass.  This is not unusual, as it was holy day of obligation.  What is unusual, to some at least, is that we were not only at Mass but at a funeral Mass for...

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...