Volunteer Jim constructing a welcome sign at Biblical Tamar Park.

Answering the Call

For Sunday, June 26, 2016, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time “When was the last time you volunteered your time to try to help your community?” That was the question this past week on The Book of Questions Calendar that I purchased at the beginning of 2016. Hmm, I thought to myself, volunteering… I pictured myself raising […]

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Stewards Among Us

Inspiring Discipleship One Story at a Time Take a moment to think back to the days when you weren’t so engaged in parish life. Remember how it felt to show up for Sunday Mass without knowing a soul or feeling any connection to your parish? Now recall the specific instance when you were invited to […]

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Cleveland, King James, and Belonging

In the past two years, I have given several talks in the Cleveland area at the request of the Diocese. Each time I spoke, it was about growing a more engaged parish community and the value of cultivating a sense of belonging. I would begin each talk by playing the following Nike ad featuring Lebron […]

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On a Lawnmower for Love

There once lived a man named Alvin Straight. He lived in Iowa and his brother Henry lived in Wisconsin. Alvin loved his brother. In 1994, at the age of eighty, Henry had a stroke. Alvin, in his late seventies himself, could not imagine not being there for the brother he loved, but he had no driver’s […]

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Where is the Happiest Place on Earth?

Have you ever been to Disneyland or Disney World? Disney is quite an amazing operation. What they do to make your visit as memorable as possible is perhaps the most amazing. The great sense of hospitality, the cleanliness of the park, and the attention to detail are ways they try to make you feel that […]

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A Lesson We Were Not Prepared For

For Sunday, June 19, 2016, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time It was my first day as a college student. Arriving at an Introduction to Education course, we found a chair placed in the middle of the room, facing the student desks. The professor asked one student to sit in the chair, facing the rest of us, […]

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No Longer I

It is interesting the number of high school juniors and seniors that start getting involved in many school clubs, civic organizations, and even church activities. Don’t get me wrong. The work they do is often greatly needed in the communities in which they spend their time and give of their talent. And I get it, […]

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Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Joy

For Sunday, June 12, 2016, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time In October 2009, Abby Johnson worked as the manager of a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas. Witnessing an abortion on ultrasound convinced her of the brutality and immorality of the procedure. From that time, she has worked to uncover what goes on behind the walls […]

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Embodied Mercy

In Matthew chapters 5-7 Jesus delivers the greatest sermon the world has ever known. Christians should read these three chapters frequently.  In fact, we would do well to memorize them. But these chapters (also known as The Sermon on the Mount) can make us squirm a bit. Jesus says counter-cultural things like, “[I]f anyone would […]

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Stewardship: Not a Passing Trend

There have been many times in the Church where we as Catholics latch on to trends and movements, attracted by a new concept or idea of how we should practice our faith. I think back to the 1970’s, where art and environment seemed to explode into so many different directions. We were trying out new […]

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Mama Irene

My wife is always posting on social media about children who have been adopted or children who are seeking to be adopted. My wife was adopted. This fuels her desire for every child to have a family to call their own. We have friends that have welcomed new members into their family by adoption. It’s […]

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A Foundation of Faith, Hope, and Love

For Sunday, June 5, 2016, 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our readings this weekend put faith on center stage. As one of the theological virtues, faith is a gift given to us by God along with hope and love. Working together with hope and love, faith puts our lives and relationships in proper order and orients […]

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