Reflective Moments July 2020

Recently I came across a saying that tells us the poor have much to teach us. As I thought about that I asked myself what the poor can teach us. Dependence is one thing. Most of us like to be independent. I remember when one of my nephews was little and his mother wanted to…

Reflective Moments June 2020

The writer of Saint Matthew’s Gospel tells to love our enemies as well as our friends. It is easy to love my friends. My enemies? That’s more challenging. Psalm 145 tells us that God is good to one and all. God makes no distinction. As I look at what is happening in our country, I…

Reflective Moments April 2020

Thomas Merton tells us overwork and constant activity is a violence we modern folk do to ourselves. I recalled this as I was thinking about the Coronavirus and what it is doing to us. I believe it is instilling fear into many of us. Is that what we want it to do? No. Maybe we…

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

The world is a crazy place right now. Fear is everywhere and it seems like we are living each day not knowing what is going to come next. This week, our campus at the Mount has been closed off from visitors and most of the staff for the foreseeable future. We have had to keep…

Reflective Moments March 2020

On Ash Wednesday, we, in our Catholic tradition, were marked with ashes on our forehead and told to repent and believe in the gospel. Earlier wording told us to remember that we are dust and to dust we will return. No matter the wording, Lent is a season for growth, for repentance, for reconciliation and…

Reflective Moments February 2020

We all make mistakes. Many of us have a hard time forgiving ourselves for those mistakes. Jesus, however, is quick to forgive us. His love for us will not be influenced by our mistakes. Jesus’ love never changes. We only have to turn to him and ask. Someone said God doesn’t choose the qualified but…

Reflective Moments January 2020

The god, Janus, has two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward. As I muse with that it seems an appropriate symbol for a new year. An invitation perhaps. As I look back at the year just past, are there things I did that enriched me and others? Are there things I wish I…

Reflective Moments December 2019

Henri Nouwen tells us God is a God of the present moment. Recently, a friend gave me a booklet of Advent reflections. The title is “The Time to Be Awake.” Yes, Advent calls us to be awake. The word Advent means “coming.” Who is coming? What is coming? Jesus, our Savior, is coming. Not really.…

Reflective Moments November 2019

Every morning I receive in my email a “Word of Gratefulness.” Sometimes it reminds me to be grateful for the simple things that I take for granted. It may be the gift of my five senses that allows me to enjoy the wonderful things that God has given us. Sometimes it may remind me to…

Going Above and Beyond

In March of 2020, it will mark three years of employment for me here at the Mount. During my time here, I have learned that I can do much more than the tasks that are listed in my job description. Working at the Mount, no matter what position, requires you to be a jack-of-all-trades. The…