Grass

Cutting the Grass Again

We are not like grass. We do not grow without a decision to do so. The grass receives water from the clouds, sunlight from a far off star, and the occasional fertilizer from yours truly, but it still never makes a decision to grow. It just does. You and I have to decide to grow, […]

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Seeds

Lavishly Sowing Seeds

We all know sowing is the process of planting seeds. Jesus tells of the sower – some seeds fell on the path, on rocky ground, some among thorns and some on rich soil. We are also aware that the seed Jesus refers to in the parable is the Word of God. A sower might be […]

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Everyday Stewardship

I collect smiley faces. The crown jewels of my collection are Harvey Ball autographed smileys and McCoy pottery smileys. When I started my collection, I looked for the McCoy symbol on each pottery piece, to verify it was a “real McCoy.” The stamp of the symbol told me that it had been made in the […]

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Everyday Stewardship: Most Holy Trinity 2015

A good steward should cherish everything and everyone around them, and treat all of it with great care and compassion. Even our belongings and resources used to co-create with God all bear the His mark. Click here to read the full post

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Jesus crying

A Glimpse of Heaven

Christian community is always strongest in the face of tragedy. We can easily say that it is unfortunate that we can’t all come together as strong when times are good. But deep down, we don’t really believe that. In fact, it is precisely at the toughest times we want and we need community in Jesus […]

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Father, Brother, and Spirit

For Sunday, May 31, 2015, The Most Holy Trinity Are you ready for months and months of presidential candidate news, speeches, and controversies? The next presidential election is over a year away, but already the Internet, television, and print media are filled with information about all those who aspire to be arguably the most powerful person on planet Earth. […]

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Oscar Romero

God’s Microphones

Working in a parish offers me the privilege of walking side by side with some of the most heroic and faithful people I have encountered.  These people do not have a platform or a pulpit.  They are those who in the midst of tragedy, pain, and the hard daily grind of providing for their family, […]

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Adrian Chiles, BBC

What I learnt from 46 consecutive days in church

Broadcaster and recent Catholic convert Adrian Chiles recently set himself a challenge to go to church every day for more than a month, and never the same one twice. Most of us will never have this kind of opportunity, but Chiles’ insights, reflections, and images speak to every one of us who have ever sat in […]

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Everyday Stewardship

My oldest son was having a tougher time than expected in his first year of college. In high school he expected to get As and be one of the smarter kids in the class. Now, he was at a school where everyone came from a similar experience in high school, and he found himself pretty […]

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Pentecost

Everyday Stewardship: Pentecost 2015

Living a stewardship way of life as a committed disciple of Jesus is not easy. In fact, we are guaranteed to fail. That inevitable failure is called sin. Grace makes it possible for us to continue on the journey. On that first Pentecost, the first followers of Jesus received the Holy Spirit who would guide […]

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Candles

What is God Waiting For?

There will always be challenges in our lives and in the world. When life is messy it is easy to ask “What is God waiting for?” Maybe we should not question God on his ability to save us from our problems. What if we embraced challenges as another opportunity to let go and trust in […]

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New life on the grapevine photo by JollyPhoto/Shutterstock.

Our Surging Life Force

For Sunday, May 24, 2015, Pentecost Sunday It’s spring in the Northern Hemisphere. New life is surging up all around! Male birds in all their colorful finery are dancing and prancing to attract mates. Turkey tails are fanned. Rich melodies permeate the morning breezes. Farm animals are fat with soon-to-be-borns. Yes, even the maternity wards in our hospitals are […]

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