Many Men Go Fishing

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that is is not fish they are after.” Henry David Thoreau While there is some debate about the exact phrasing and origin of the quote, it is most often attributed to Henry David Thoreau, the American essayist, poet, and philosopher.  Regardless of its origin, it …

A Searcher’s Continuing Journey

I am not a fan of social media.  That said, two of my children are, and I read their Facebook entries when they post them.  Middle son Brad posted this today.  I found it to be profound and asked him if I could share it on my website.  He agreed.  I hope you find value …

Foot Washing

We first posted this five years ago in 2019. I consider this act of Jesus at the heart of Christianity and the teachings of Jesus, and I will continue to repost it. In his Gospel, the evangelist John describes a poignant scene as Jesus celebrates his final Passover meal. Jesus… gets up from the table, …

How Is Your Body Today?

God speaks to us in many ways, most, perhaps, are unexpected.  All we must do is listen and be attentive. This morning’s Examen on the “Pray As You Go” Jesuit website is as timely as it is meaningful and powerful.  My prayer today is that you, my friend will take a few minutes and listen …

Lessons from the Fifth Station

Even as a child, I could not escape the Stations of the Cross during the Lenten and Easter seasons.  Not even baskets of jellybeans, marshmallow chicks, and large chocolate rabbits could divert me from the horrors I perceived of crucifixion.  I was four years old in 1953 when I sat in the Capitol Theater with …

The Riddle of the Sphinx

The monstrous Sphinx in Greek mythology posed this riddle to all travelers who entered or left the city of Thebes, “What has one voice but goes on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three in the evening?”  The king of Thebes declared he would give his kingdom to anyone who solved …

If Given Another Chance

“I would turn every minute into an age, nothing would be wasted, every minute would be accounted for…”  Dostoevsky, The Idiot Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot If given another chance, nothing will be wasted. Because I attach so much importance to it, I was pleased this morning when I listened to Father Mike Schmitz’s ‘minute homily’ …