“I can’t get no . . .”

I ordered something online the other day and UPS delivered it in a smashed box.  I asked the delivery man if I should open it to see if it was damaged.  He told me that he could return it only if the box remained unopened.  Once I opened it, it was mine.  Without a way to determine if the contents were as crushed as the box, I opted to have the package returned to sender.  I wonder if I will ever get what I originally ordered in good and functioning condition.  Mick Jagger was right – “I can’t get no… Read More

Futbol & Freedom

A World Cup loss on the eve of the July 4th weekend – what a downer!  I’m in no way a soccer expert, but the games were exciting to watch and I imagine have helped to continue the growing trend of soccer’s popularity in this country.  While I lament the decline of baseball being played in most parks around this country in favor of other sports like soccer, I realize that it will have some dramatic ramifications in the years to come.  Not only will the US World Cup soccer team get better, but baseball (the national pastime) will probably decline… Read More

Richness Revealed

I’ve been traveling a fair amount over the last few weeks (meetings, connecting with donors, a few celebrations happy and sad) and am still struck by the sheer beauty of the earth and the U.S. in particular from the air.  While air travel is increasingly maddening (Southwest is now welcoming pets on-board—just what crowded airports and planes need—some animals!), I am still transfixed by the beauty of the earth from the sky.  I’ve seen it hundreds of times, and I still see something new.  Perspective. This weekend we celebrate the Holy Trinity, and like the earth from 30,000 feet, looking… Read More

A birthday party and nobody came!

Not too many sadder images than that.  It is hard to focus upon what is more pathetic:  a person who has so few friends that a birthday musters no one; a person whose so called friends didn’t care enough to come;  the image of all of the party trappings sitting, just waiting for revelers to sing and eat the cake.  It almost makes me cry.  Poor planning?  Just should have made the party on a more convenient date?  Whatever the case, no one deserves such a fate.  Not even the Holy Spirit! This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost – the coming… Read More

It’s my body!

The cultural shifts that have taken place over the history of humanity regarding our appreciation of our bodies are many and date back to the very beginning – really!  Ever since sin altered our view of God, the world, and ourselves, we have been in a quandary as to how to relate to our bodies.  Out of the gate of poor choices, our ancestors covered themselves in shame, and we have been struggling ever since to figure out what this flesh and blood is all about.  We have been back and forth, even in our own culture over the last… Read More

Get in line!

It is no secret that I am never the first to discover new technologies, but even if it they are a bit dated, cool technologies don’t diminish in amazement for me.  My latest discovery is the Maps app on my iPhone.  I have used this app before for directions, but I just learned that if I am listening to music while being given directions (while driving), it will reduce the music to the background while it is speaking the directions.  What a great idea!  Turn down the volume of the background noise so that I can figure out where I… Read More

Heart Burn

I am so edified by our students who are recently baptized and welcomed into the Church.  Unlike the rest of us, the experience of Catholicism is so new and fresh and they often desire to experience it more and more.  Particularly impressive is seeing some of them at daily Mass in the days since Easter.  Their lives are so on fire with a love of Christ, particularly in the Scriptures and the Eucharist that they find time even during exam week to come to daily Mass.  By highlighting their zeal, I am in no way trying to call out cradle… Read More

2 Examples for Our Time

This Sunday 2 popes will be canonized saints:  John XXIII and John Paul II.  For many, the Catholic Church canonizing a few popes is no news flash (80 of the 265 have already been declared saints).  A more cynical person might look at the process of an institution declaring the greatness of its own to be somewhat self-serving.  But can we look beyond the inherent potential for conflict, and witness the deeper challenge presented by 2 very different men whom we are asked to look to for spiritual edification?  Can we see both of these men, and their being held… Read More

News worth sharing???

In the age of instantaneous messaging and communication, it seems odd that Jesus has to tell Mary Magdelene at the tomb to go and tell everyone else what she has seen.  I would think that were the resurrection to happen today, it would be an instant social media craze, the likes of which have never been known.  I wonder if a selfie with the risen Lord would be too much to ask?  While that may sound somewhat crass, don’t you think Mary went looking for the disciples thinking:  “They are never going to believe this!”  Aside from the desire to… Read More

A second chance…

I was speaking recently to a friend of mine who two years ago had a brush with death.  His close call, that actually included his heart stopping and needing to be revived, has changed his view of life considerably.  It isn’t that he was somehow on the wrong path before and now he has “seen the light.”  Quite the contrary – he was a really good man before this event.  However, he truly appreciates this second chance that he has been given, and lives each day more and more as a gift because he truly believes he is incredibly blessed… Read More