Treasure on the Detroit-Chicago Road: Historic Stations of the Cross

St. Joseph Church - Brooklyn MI - original

If you travel about 75 miles west from Detroit along old Highway 12, the road which owes its existence to the lobbying efforts of Father Gabriel Richard, you’ll come upon the Irish Hills. Recreational paradise for Michiganders for the past hundred or so years, the Irish Hills offer idyllic lakes full of fish, topped with motorboats pulling waterskiers. Friendly campgrounds, antique shops, a kitschy “Mystery Hill”…. What else could a vacationer want?Well, for one thing, you’ll want to stop to … [Read more...]

A JUXTAPOSITION OF SYMBOLS: Keep Your Sacrifices Secret. And Plaster Ashes All Over Your Face.

Ash Wednesday

It’s kinda funny.  In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus warns us against doing good in order to be seen.  He gives us three examples:Almsgiving – “When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret wil … [Read more...]

ASH WEDNESDAY: Remember, Man, That You Are Dust


Remember, man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return. –Genesis 3:19Yeah, right. You know, in your heart of hearts, that that means everyone else but you—don’t you? It’s the human condition. We give lip service to our mortality, joking about it at the water cooler with a wry smile—but we live as though there were no tomorrow, and no end of tomorrows. It seems that many of us don’t REALLY believe that one day we will be gone, and the earth will continue on its axis as though noth … [Read more...]