Winter and the Spiritual Life

“We can have confidence that God is still working—even in the coldness, even in the darkness, even when all seems quiet.” For much of the Northern Hemisphere, January is that month when the weather finally makes up its mind to turn cold, the nights seem a little darker, and the wind seems a little more… Continue reading Winter and the Spiritual Life

The Three People Who Require Patience

A few weeks ago, I was visiting friends on their farm, and their blueberry bushes were bursting with beautiful, sweet fruit.  As we walked along the rows and picked the berries—more of them finding their way to our mouths than our buckets—the father of the family remarked that they had planted the bushes three years… Continue reading The Three People Who Require Patience

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor

“We shall steer safely through every storm so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.” (St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church) The Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1567 – 1622) is January 24.… Continue reading Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis de Sales

Moments of Grace

Confessionals

Bob Ross came up in conversation the other day, as cultural icons are wont to do, and I quoted his famous quip, “We don’t make mistakes, we have happy accidents.”  I pointed out that while it sounded nice, it wasn’t very theologically correct.  Of course I make mistakes—sins—and they’re not so happy. One of my priest… Continue reading Moments of Grace

Moments of Grace

Chiesa Dei Santi Michele e Gaetano, Florence, Italy

“Safe travels… ciao, ciao!” Antonio shouted with a warm smile and a hug.  The meetings were over, business trip complete and it was time for me to fly back to Atlanta.  After a full week of meetings in Florence, Italy, followed by customer dinners each night, much was accomplished and I was tired. I walked… Continue reading Moments of Grace

Tightening my grip

There are few things in life that make you desire to be a child again more than being sick. (Other than Disney World, but that’s a completely different and much nicer feeling.)  When I had the misfortunate of being waylaid by a bug earlier this week, all I could think was that I wanted my… Continue reading Tightening my grip

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor

“We shall steer safely through every storm so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.” (St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church) The Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1567 – 1622) is January 24.… Continue reading Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Francis de Sales

Facing the winter

  For much of the Northern Hemisphere, January is that month when the weather finally makes up its mind to turn cold, the nights seem a little darker, and the wind seems a little more bitter.  Gone are the cheery Christmas lights, gone are the echoes of carolers, gone is the warmth of expectation and… Continue reading Facing the winter