When We are Weak…

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 […]

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God’s Classroom

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 […]

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Angry with God

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?  […]

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Why Must We Suffer? 

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 […]

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The Sad Humor of Holy Week

(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 […]

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