I was reading a sermon my St. Bernard to give a reflection on it for the church.  I was taken by his words as he was talking about three comings of Christ. The first being the Incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The last being the final coming of Christ […]

Caterpillars And Butterflies


Jesus is calling all of us. But, what is he calling us to? We hear a lot today about taking care of the poor, homeless, sick and so on. That is a good thing and we rightly focus our attention of the less fortunate. However, in today’s gospel, Jesus calls […]

Zacchaeus – Come Out Of That Tree!


The Lord hears the cry of the poor. These are the words we hear today in the Psalm. The same sentiments are echoed in the gospel, but the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, […]

The Cry Of The Poor, Desperate, Sad



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Smell is an interesting thing. It can invoke images and emotions like none of the other senses can. It’s a subtle, yet powerful encounter. The smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls brings to mind my Mom’s house and the wonderful memories of Thanksgiving. The smell of oil and grease and […]

Do You Smell That?


My heart is heavy and sorrow grips all of my bones. A tragedy has struck our church family. A beautiful two year old girl has lost her life. I can just imagine her right now dancing with the angels in heaven. Oh, how she lit up a room with her […]

My Heart Is Heavy


You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness. Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. – Eucharistic Prayer II I am […]

Like The Dewfall



In Matthew chapter 7, Jesus talks to his disciples about how they must enter through the narrow gate. In Jerusalem, the narrow gate was a very small entrance into the city that would only accommodate one person as opposed to the wide gate where people could bring carts, camels and […]

The Narrow Gate


Reading the Gospel the past few days reminds me of when I would go visit my kids at school for lunch. the teacher would have them line up and they would all clamor to be the line leader. Each one thinking they should be first. The list of reason or […]

I Wanna Be Line Leader!


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The Teacher says he wants to talk with us in the morning. I wonder what about. Maybe he will tell us where we will be going next in our travels or maybe he will teach us more about the prophets. I guess it doesn’t matter. He has such a way […]

Teacher, Teacher