Reflective Moments December 2020

“I will give you treasures in the darkness.”  Isaiah 45:3  Many people remark that 2020 has been a “dark time.” This passage from Isaiah causes me to ponder deeply. Have you ever thought about the good things we find in the darkness? Let me name a few.  The world began in darkness. God said, “Let…

Reflective Moments November 2020

Recently I read about Pope Francis addressing a group of prison chaplains. Our Holy Father asked the chaplains to let the prisoners know he prays for them. He also reminded the chaplains that they were a sign of God’s presence to those in need.  As I reflect on those words, I am convinced we all…

Reflective Moments October 2020

Pope Francis tells us that gossip is “a plague worse than Covid.” He goes on to call it a tool of the devil to divide the Church.  Erma Bombeck tells us that some say our national pastime is baseball. She believes it is gossip.   Eleanor Roosevelt says that great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss…

Reflective Moments September 2020

In his letter to the Galatians, Saint Paul tells us that as we sow so shall we reap. We see a lot of reaping going on right now. Farmers and gardeners are reaping what they sowed earlier. At our meals we are enjoying fresh tomatoes, green beans and squash. Riding along the road, one can…

Reflective Moments August 2020

Recently our country said goodbye to Congressman John Lewis. John Robert Lewis always wanted his voice to be heard. When he was young, he used to preach to the chickens. Perhaps that was because the chickens couldn’t talk back to him like people can. Congressman Lewis suffered many hardships in his life; however, he allowed…

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…

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…