Spiritual Reflection

  • Unfinished relationships

    Sep 01, 2023

    At the moment of Jesus’ death, virtually all of his disciples had deserted. The timing here was also very bad. Good Friday was bad long before it was good.

  • What will heaven be like?

    Aug 25, 2023

    Thus, we have something to learn from the biblical prophets, the mystics – and from the seemingly irreverent imagination of Andrew Greeley.

  • Praying for both — the weak and the strong

    Jul 28, 2023

    When Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper, he held up bread and wine as two elements within which to make himself especially present to us.

  • Losing a loved one to suicide

    Mar 24, 2023

    Our job now is not to second guess, but to trust – trust that God is far more gentle and understanding than we are and that God, who is adequate, can give this person a peace that we never could.

  • Waiting for the angel to come

    Mar 17, 2023

    The night before he died, Jesus struggled mightily to accept his Father’s will. The Gospels describe him in the Garden of Gethsemane, prostrate on the ground, “sweating blood”, and begging his Father to save him from the brutal death that awaited him. Then, after he finally surrenders his will to hi

  • A requiem for an older brother

    Mar 10, 2023

    In the Gospel of John, the author describes how, after Jesus was already dead, soldiers came and pierced his side with a lance and “immediately blood and water flowed” out of his dead body.

  • Jesus’ dysfunctional ancestry

    Dec 16, 2022

    The full story of how Jesus Christ came to be born includes elements that we do not easily imagine when we sing our Christmas hymns.

  • In exile — marking an anniversary

    Nov 25, 2022

    In exile — marking an anniversary

  • Celebrating 50 years of ordination

    Oct 28, 2022

    Fifty years ago, on an overcast, cold, fall day in the gymnasium of the local public high school, I was ordained to the priesthood.

  • Seeing what lies near our doorsteps

    Aug 26, 2022

    The unbridgeable gap is the gap that already exists now between the rich and poor, and the lesson is that we had best try to bridge that gap now, in this life.