For a couple of years, our family went through a major storm. My wife struggled with mental illness which, at it’s worst, had her teetering on the edge between life and suicide. Our kids had to live in another area, and we could only visit them every now and then, which was heartbreaking. I was […]Read More When We are Weak…
It’s the end of the school year here, and things have wrapped up pretty well. Our first day of legitimate summer was last Thursday, and it was a bit of a rough beginning. School ends, and we’re all like, “Now what?” But we’ll find our footing. But anyway, all the projects and report cards came […]Read More God’s Classroom
Maybe “angry” is too strong a word. Maybe it’s more like: “Smoldering with quiet resentment towards God.” But in either case, what do you do when you realize that the difficult marriage you have, or the dead-end job you’re in, or the cancer diagnosis doesn’t amount to the “abundant life” you thought Jesus was promising? […]Read More Angry with God
Today, one of the readings at Mass was from a letter written by the Apostle Peter to a church going through a lot of suffering. And Peter, as do the other writers in the Bible, tries to bring some consolation to them. Some of them had lost their homes. They’re friends had been imprisoned, or […]Read More Why Must We Suffer?
My wife and I have this bad habit of arguing in public. I mean, we argue in private, too. We’re definitely equal opportunity. But it’s the arguing in public that seems to be a bit of a faux pas. When you argue in private, it’s not a big deal. The doors are closed, maybe the […]Read More Want a Perfect Marriage or Holy Marriage? Pick One
(Pic: alima007/Shutterstock.com) This last week felt a little like a comedy of errors. It was Holy Week – the week we remember Christ’s final days from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to his crucifixion and resurrection. Palm Sunday, two or three of the 10-foot palm branches standing up against the wall behind the altar fell […]Read More The Sad Humor of Holy Week
(Pic: Pretty Vectors/Shutterstock.com) I have a secret to share. It’s a little embarrassing, but my default view of myself, if I’m not careful, is to think I am extraordinary. I have this outsized sense of confidence for the bite-sized person I really am. I naturally think that I am capable of doing anything and everything […]Read More Narcissist? Thomas á Kempis is Not Impressed