Psalm 23; a New Experience

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures, Beside still waters he leads me. If I were a sheep, the opening words to this hymn of praise written by a shepherd boy named David over 3,000 years ago would be describing heaven to me. A…… Continue reading Psalm 23; a New Experience

A Simple Faith

“I saw God in the sky and his crown was all golden,” she began her story, “and I felt tingling in my hand.” She then lifted up her left hand and showed us the scar where her flesh had been ravished by an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that had landed her in the hospital. “You could…… Continue reading A Simple Faith

A Murder of Red Crows

I am a cradle Catholic and I am currently active in a vibrant parish in Northern Kentucky. I love my church family and our pastor, but this time, that is not enough to assuage my deep sadness and pain at this newest revelation of the evil that lurks in my church. I have been praying…… Continue reading A Murder of Red Crows

The Browning of America

I learned two new lessons in the past few weeks, both based on an encounter I had with a certain person. Lesson One: Do not assume a person believes a certain way based on a) their appearance or your impression of them  b) your shared experiences  or c) your feelings for them. The Encounter: I…… Continue reading The Browning of America

Children in Cages

Three nights ago when I heard the voices of little babies and toddlers crying for their Mommies on the news, a wave of sadness enveloped me. I felt it in my gut. I wanted to start crying, “I want my Mommy” with them.  Instinctively I knew these cries were not the cries you may hear…… Continue reading Children in Cages

Yes, It is About Guns

The other morning while I was working out on the elliptical  machine at the gym, I suddenly remembered something from 1979.  I recalled that  not long after the suicide of my 28 year old brother Tommy, our father said  that Tom had asked him where he could buy a gun and Dad said he told…… Continue reading Yes, It is About Guns

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

At the beginning of the sermon on the Mount Jesus gave us the Eight Beatitudes. [Matt 5;3-10]. The first one is “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” I cannot claim to know exactly who Jesus was referring to with this nomenclature in his first blessing, even though we…… Continue reading Blessed are the Poor in Spirit