Three (Simple) Ways to Observe the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On November 21, the Church celebrates the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  You might be thinking, “Wait a minute. Didn’t we celebrate that earlier in the year?” We did indeed celebrate a presentation feast day earlier in the year – on February 2, as a matter of fact – but that was the Presentation of the […]

Hope in Times of Holiday Distress

I recently had an exchange with a friend whose family will be separated for the holidays. It’s a rather unpleasant separation, and it’s difficult for everyone involved. My heart grieved for this family; I hate to see anyone suffer at any time of year, but it’s especially hard during the holidays. I wanted to offer some consolation and hope and […]

What I learned from the Sikh Temple shooting

What I learned from having the Sikh Temple shooting (practically) in my back yard… Sunday, August 5 was the date of our first annual parish picnic; little did we know that it would be a date marked on calendars for another reason. As we gathered to begin the 11:00 a.m. Liturgy, an ambulance raced down the street past the park. […]

Buried Treasures

Recently, I caught an article in the Milwaukee JournalSentinel that caused me to both chuckle and ponder. It’s about a WWII sailor, Ed B. Thornley, who wrote a set of six letters home to his family about being an eye witness to post-war nuclear weapons tests. Thornley was assigned to the USS Rockingham and, from aboard the ship, watched the unfolding […]

Who’s in charge?

Oh, I can just picture him, sitting across the table from me, doodling words and symbols on his notepad and with a playful glint in his eyes. I’m in a snit about one thing or another, indignantly raging about something gone wrong in my life, and looking for justification, direction, and rectification. My spiritual director smiles, sets his pen down, […]