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I sat at one of the tables in the yard after our Easter brunch, watching a dozen kids flitting about, looking for hidden eggs and screaming like a miner discovering gold when they found one. It … more
The following reflection is by a fifth-generation member of the Mission of Sacred Heart in Bevier. Diagnosed with autism at age 9, he communicates solely through writing. Walking through the year … more
In his book, Hope for Judas, Jesuit Father Christoph Wrembeck has a picture from a 12th-century church in France. Carved into the block of stone atop one of the towering columns, there are two … more
The morning of the Feb. 25 began with planned blood tests and PET/CT Scans — a look to see what the effects of the treatment has had, good or bad. I found myself with a growing nervousness … more
I ponder two questions when I kneel and stand in church, reciting our prayers in unison with our fellow parishioners. First, do we concentrate on what we are saying, putting our hearts into our … more
A friend died the other day. He was a good man. My wife was his spiritual director and gave a beautiful eulogy at his funeral. One thing she mentioned was his poetry. He was able to take the … more
We have a house for people coming out of prison with an addiction history. Like its residents, the old structure is broken and in need of repair. It’s a place where, when you start to work … more
After enduring pandemic, politics and a polar vortex, everyone could do with a rainbow, and we get it in Sunday’s first reading from Genesis.  God set a bow across the sky as a reminder … more
It always intrigues and challenges me to hear life coaches talk about the importance of “beginning with the end in mind.” St. Benedict of Nursia certainly had the end in mind over … more
Pope Francis just declared an annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. I write this after a long drive to meet the newest addition to our clan, and on the eve of another birthday that … more
In the gospel of John, the very first words of Jesus pose an eternal question. Andrew and another apostle-to-be were disciples of John the Baptist. One day, when their paths crossed, the Baptizer … more
The New Year arrived with an entourage of snow, freezing rain, and bone-chilling fog. Of course it did! What else would you expect after a year that defied an arsenal of adjectives; a year crammed … more
“A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the Outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.” — … more
Our prayer began with the wafting of a flute playing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Listening to the plaintive, brooding notes, I could feel the sorrowful longing of the Israelites in … more
Punctuation matters! There is a difference between “I’m sorry; I love you,” and “I’m sorry I love you.” That Advent passage from Isaiah always sounded like … more
In the first chapter of Genesis, five times God completed a day’s work of creation and then recognized that it was “good.” Light, land and living creatures were all good. The … more
You wouldn’t know it by the temperatures, but autumn is passing and winter is in its tow. For those with lawns and gardens, it’s a busy time of raking, cutting, cleaning and … more
Holy Mother Church will soon be asking us all to pray with the Church triumphant in heaven on All Saints Day and to pray for the Church suffering on All Souls Day. And so as we continue to fight the … more
The sister of some friends had been living with cancer for years. Last week, they separated: the cancer went its way, and she went God’s. The end was no surprise, and she chose to spend her … more
My father died 10 years ago on Oct. 4. We make what we can of a death, and so it seemed fitting that a man who loved the land and animals would take his earthly leave on the feast of St. Francis … more
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