Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's readings [display_podcast] So Jesus goes over to Matthew, who, at that time, was anything but a saint.  He was sitting at the customs post, collecting the required taxes.  He was a Jew acting as a representative of the Roman occupation government.  He didn’t have a fan club, to say the least.  It wasn’t just… Continue reading Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the 22nd Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Wisdom is a relative thing when it comes to our relationship with God. Just when we think we have God figured out, we realize that God is out of our grasp. Wisdom, when it comes to our relationship with God, is to realize that we will never understand. In fact, St. Augustine said,… Continue reading Thursday of the 22nd Week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the 21st Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings talk all about authenticity. As one of my professors used to say, “discipleship looks like something.” People ought to be able to look at the Christian person and know that they are in the presence of a Christian person. In today’s first reading, Paul points out that, as an apostle, he… Continue reading Wednesday of the 21st Week of Ordinary Time

The Nature of Friendship

One of my courses this quarter is called “Friendship and the Moral Life.” I just turned in the final paper for the class, and the introduction to the paper was a reflection on friendships in my life. I thought that those three paragraphs were worth blogging about… One of my great concerns about coming to… Continue reading The Nature of Friendship

Blessed are your eyes

http://www.usccb.org/nab/100105.htm Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” During my CPE experience, this was… Continue reading Blessed are your eyes

Say More About That

In CPE, we had a little “inside joke,” if you will, about the statement, “say more about that.” That’s one of those phrases often used in counselling, spiritual direction, and CPE. It’s a good, open-ended question, better than something that would call for a “yes” or “no” answer. But it gets thrown around so much,… Continue reading Say More About That

Is it only Wednesday?!

These first few days have seemed like an eternity. We’ve had classes (yes on Labor Day too, and neither of the professors I had on that day beleived in a brief lecture for the first day), and far too many meetings. We had our third annual liturgy meeting yesterday (translation: “how to go to Mass… Continue reading Is it only Wednesday?!

Three Promises: A Reflection on Diaconate Retreat

It’s been a crazy week/weekend so far. I finished my retreat Friday morning, and left Friday afternoon for my friend’s diaconate ordination in Springfield, IL. I stayed there overnight (free lodging is a goooooood thing!) and am finally back and getting ready to return to Mundelein sometime tomorrow night. I should probably be packing things… Continue reading Three Promises: A Reflection on Diaconate Retreat

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” Luke 10:23-24 Saying goodbye is hard. If it were easier, I think the bunch of… Continue reading In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The End is Near

Well, the end of CPE is near anyway. CPE is clinical pastoral education – basically chaplaincy in a hospital setting – and that’s been what I’ve been doing with my summer vacation. It’s been difficult and grueling at times, but always profound and holy. I’ve had times of sadness and grieving, but also times of… Continue reading The End is Near