talents

Empty-Handed at the End

Yesterday was the start of the Catholic New Year, the first day of the liturgical year.  Once Advent starts, we begin to think about the birth of Jesus, but the gospels for the first week of Advent don’t seem to align with our joyful anticipation of Christmas.  The first week of Advent gospels always warn us to be ready because […]

The Quiet Voice that Calls You

I remember years ago having to write an essay for an English class on the topic, “Why I Write.” I wish I could find the essay and see what I had to say about my reasons for writing back in high school. Although the decade-old assignment is likely tucked in a clutter of papers on a dusty closet shelf somewhere, […]

Like Going Up the Down Escalator

I have a few crisp memories of my grandparents on my mother’s side. One of them is a replaying, over-a-decade-old mental video of Grandpa trying to walk up the down escalator, when he realized that Grandma, my sister, and I had—like girls do—changed our mind at the last minute and decided to stay on the upper floor of the mall. […]

Don’t Play the Comparison Game

It’s common to compare. You see someone with a piece of spinach in his teeth and you immediately check your own smile in the closest mirror. Someone walks by with a stray hair sticking out and you smooth down yours automatically in response.  Or maybe your comparison with another person presents itself a little bit differently.   You could be sitting […]