May 14, 2021

I’ll be honest. I’ve struggled to find a good book on the Catholic belief in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. The books with the most comprehensive approach tend to be so academically focused that they are difficult for the average reader to understand. Those written for popular audiences tend to fall into some common traps. Some of these books reduce the theology to a rigidly formulaic approach – relying on an Aristotelian cosmology which no longer… Read more

April 11, 2021

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, I am reflecting on the phrase “Kyrie Ellison” often translated as “Lord have Mercy.” This is one of the great prayers of the ancient church which continues to be a part of Christian worship until this day. In Koine Greek the word Eleison meant but just mercy as we think of it, but a total restoration of society. To pray Kyrie Eleison was to ask God to come into your community and to set every… Read more

April 2, 2021

When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. Jn 19:30 Why do you think today is called Good Friday? Today we remember the death of Jesus. It is a solemn day, a sad day, a day of mourning. We remember the depths of the pain and agony that Jesus entered on the cross. We are dismayed at the capacity of humanity to hurt and betray one another. We… Read more

April 1, 2021

“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, release the prisoners.” Is 61:1 Have you ever trained for a race? In some ways, Jesus’ fasting in the wilderness was similar to the preparation for a race. If you read Luke Chapter 4 in its entirety you see that Jesus’ fasting flows directly… Read more

March 31, 2021

“When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said ‘Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.’ Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, ‘Surely it is not I, Lord?’” Mt 26:20-22 Have you ever been shocked by something you did? It often happens when our emotions are running high. We yell at someone we love. We insult a person we respect…. Read more

March 30, 2021

Simon Peter said to him, ‘Master, where are you going?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.’” Jn 13:36 Could you simplify your job description down to two words? In Jesus’ time learning to follow the way of God was caught as much as it was taught. Disciples would be invited to follow a rabbi (Jewish teacher) and would learn through emulation. You ate like your rabbi, slept like your… Read more

March 28, 2021

“I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.” Is 42:6-7 Have you ever had someone who believed in you more than you believed in yourself? I can honestly say that in… Read more

March 28, 2021

“Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out: ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!'” Mark 11:8-10 Do you like stories with surprise endings? I love it when an author manages to tie a complex web… Read more

March 27, 2021

“I will make with them a covenant of peace; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will multiply them, and put my sanctuary among them forever.” Ez 37:26 What’s the largest project you’ve ever been a part of? Some projects can last for months, years, or even decades. The larger the project the more important it is for the people involved to understand the big picture. It is easy to lose the plot in the midst of the… Read more

March 26, 2021

“In my distress I called upon the LORD and cried out to my God; from his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.” Ps 18:7 How big is your ideal house? When my wife and I were looking for a home we visited properties all around Ypsilanti. We had a few things we were looking for. I wanted to be close enough to my job that I could ride my bike, a nice-sized backyard for our… Read more




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