the Church

The Temptation When Feeling Shepherd-less

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“Do not let your anger and your wounds become uncharity.” Feeling Shepherd-less  A few years ago, probably after something surfaced with the McCarrick scandal, I distinctly remember a moment in prayer when struggling with feelings of being shepherd-less. Many of you can relate, I am sure. In my prayer and struggle, I was trying to find consolation in thinking of […]

Saint Matthias and a Church at Work

"The Exhortation to the Apostles" by James Tissot [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Will they come back?

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“The situation surrounding coronavirus didn’t cause this. It may have accelerated it.” While parishes are busy sanitizing and taping off every other pew, I find myself wondering… will they come back? It is not a question I raise because people fear the virus. I’m not referring to whether people may be weighing whether next month is safer to return. I […]

Edith Stein & Reparation

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, also known as Edith Stein, her name prior to religious life. On this day in 1942, Edith and her sister Rosa were killed at Auschwitz. That summer, hundreds of Catholic Jews were arrested and murdered in response to the Dutch bishops’ public stand against Nazism. I highly recommend […]

The Mother and Head of All Churches

Today we celebrate the feast of the Dedication of Lateran Basilica in Rome. This church is the mother and head of all the churches of the city of Rome and the world.  This title might seem a little odd to us, since we tend to think of St. Peter’s Basilica as being the most important church for Catholics.  As Bishop […]

Fight with one hand, build with the other

I am preparing to take a group over to Rome on pilgrimage, which is one of my favorite parts of my job as director of Adult Formation for the diocese of Nashville. I will actually be staying in Rome for several days after the pilgrimage as well, to film episodes of 3 Minute Theology on location. Admittedly, this is an […]

What a flooded creek reminded me about the Church

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We had steady rainfall here last week, resulting in our little creeks and streams flooding their banks. I took advantage of one warm afternoon, despite the rain, to head to my favorite walking path that follows a medium-sized creek to check out the impact of the non-stop precipitation. I would describe the rain as “drizzle” more than “pouring,” so I […]

Experiencing “the Church in miniature”

  It’s rare that I look forward to meetings, much less meetings that require sitting inside a conference room for days, that include more that forty people who probably test as “leaders” rather than followers, and that likely involve some sort of drawn-out discussion or even disagreement. Yet for the last four years, I’ve attended nine meetings that fit that bill […]