Category: On Life and Writing

Climate Change Comes Home to Michigan

 July 7, 2023

I got out of bed, looking forward to the bike ride I had planned for later, opened the windows to let in the cool morning air, started my coffee, then checked the weather. An air advisory of 139. I closed the windows. No coffee on the patio and as for that bike ride, well, that […]

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The Many Faces of Community

 June 15, 2023

Psalm 133 tells us, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount […]

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A Long Night’s Journey into Day

 June 1, 2023

A Long Day’s Journey into Night is an American classic. Over the course of one day, Eugene O’Neil tells the story of his family’s struggle with addiction. The promise of day gives way to night as Mary, the mother in the play, sinks back into the darkness of opioid addiction. But for me, thinking about […]

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Not Every Voice You Hear in Prayer comes from God

 May 23, 2023

It’s a beginner’s lesson, learning that not every voice you hear in prayer comes from God. And yet, with over sixty years of a life committed to seeking God’s will, I can still fall into that common error. So I’m forced to remind myself again and again, not every voice you hear in prayer comes […]

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Spring Has Sprung!

 May 13, 2023

Have you noticed a new spring in your step? I have. “For, behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] has come.” (Song of Solomon 2:11) Yes, here in Michigan spring has sprung! Fool’s Spring Sure, we had those […]

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Is It True that Idle Hands are the Devil’s Workshop?

 April 25, 2023

Growing up, I can remember the phrase, idle hands are the devil’s workshop. Don’t know who said it or how many times, I just know I heard it. Maybe from the sisters at St. Mary’s Grade School. Recently I read that when our minds aren’t busy working on something, they turn to anxiety and worry. […]

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Guns and Greed

 April 20, 2023

Not a day goes by without hearing about another mass shooting, or just shootings of people who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, like the teenager who went to the wrong door to pick up his brother or the woman in the car that turned into the wrong driveway. In all […]

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Is Balance Over-Rated?

 April 18, 2023

For most of my adult life I’ve tried to achieve some semblance of balance. I plan ahead, work ahead, and lay out what I need to do in order not to be swamped at the last minute. No matter how much I try, there are always those unexpected occurrences that lead to extra work. In […]

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Stigmata – Hidden Wounds

 March 28, 2023

People new to the Catholic faith are often fascinated by the “extraordinary” – tales of saints that lived outstanding lives, stories of miracles. They often ask about stigmata, such a tiny part of the beautiful history of the faith. But I’ve discovered a newfound appreciation for stigmata recently through the life of Francis of Assisi, […]

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A Piece of the Holy Land

 February 28, 2023

This year for Christmas, our pastor gave parishioners rosaries he had brought back from his visit to the Holy Land. The rosaries were made by nuns out of wood from trees from there. I grabbed my rosary that night and said, “I’ve got a piece of the Holy Land!” The Rosary I’ve long given up […]

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