daily life

How to Pray in the Storm

“All He asks is that we have the faith to cry out.” I have been feeling in a funk lately, and I imagine many of you reading right now are internally nodding in agreement. While we all have our individual, unique crosses during this time, we share ones too. In the midst of the funk, I decided to go back […]

Is Holiness Weird?

“Holiness requires a counter-cultural life.” This weekend we celebrate one of my favorite feast days: All Saints Day. I love thinking of the giant party that is happening in heaven as we celebrate the feast days of all those people who are not formally canonized by the Church. Remember, a saint is simply someone in heaven. Every person ever created […]

The Power of the Morning Offering

“We place it in His hands – no matter what comes.” Sometimes we make prayer more complicated than it needs to be. A few days ago, I finished my cup of coffee and my brief morning time of prayer by kind of muttering under my breath, “I don’t know about this day, God. So it’s yours.” It wasn’t a traditional […]

Citizens of Earth and Heaven

 “There’s an acute tension in the life of a Catholic that comes into focus this time of year.” In some ways, the Gospel reading this Sunday couldn’t come at a better time. Here in the United States, some pastors probably cringed when they opened up the lectionary, realizing it would be hard to duck at that pitch. In a sense, […]

Islands of Christian Life

 “Are our homes places where children learn how to live the Christian life?” In the religious education world these days, we are hearing a lot about the “domestic church” and parents as primary catechists of their children. Perhaps that might scare parents a bit. What if I’m not a teacher? Does it mean I have to have all the answers? […]

There is a plan… even if it’s not yours

 “I will only find peace when I surrender.” Today’s first reading from Ecclesiastes probably sounds familiar, whether you’ve heard it at a funeral or from The Byrds. There is an appointed time for everything,and a time for every thing under the heavens.A time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to uproot the […]

The Gift of 2020

“Let us not waste the graces of this year.“ I have a calendar hanging on the wall of my kitchen. I buy the same one every year—one that features beautiful art each month that can be cut up at the end of the year and framed. As a result, it’s a bit of a splurge … so I wait until […]

If my life was radiant…

“My life, speech, and actions will be those of someone who is living for Someone else.” There’s a famous quote of St. Francis, “Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.” The problem is… he never said that.  Even though it’s one of the most ubiquitous quotes attributed to him, there is no evidence of the quote in any of […]

Offering Spiritual Sacrifice

“As priests, we are united to Christ and His sacrifice in the offering we make of ourselves and our daily lives.” This Sunday’s second reading is a continuation of the trek through 1 Peter that we began after Easter. This week, we are reminded of our baptismal calling to be his witnesses as priests, prophets, and kings. Peter’s audience, many […]