Our Lady of Sorrows

Today’s Feast | Today’s Readings In the very early morning hours of September 15th last year, I got a page on my fire department pager. I looked at the page, which told me that they were responding to a vehicle accident, but they were asking for fire-medics and not a chaplain. So I deleted the… Continue reading Our Lady of Sorrows

The light at the end of the tunnel?

Back when I was working in the print industry, we always used to joke that whenever we'd see the light at the end of the tunnel, it would turn out to be the headlights of an oncoming train.  That was a little cynical, of course, but a sense of humor is extremely important in the… Continue reading The light at the end of the tunnel?

Reconciliation Practicum, Day 1

I heard my first “fake confession” in my Reconciliation Practicum class today. I have to say it was pretty scary, but also an awesome feeling at the same time. It brought me back to a time probably eight years ago or more now, when I was going through a crisis of faith. I thought seriously… Continue reading Reconciliation Practicum, Day 1

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

St. John Bosco, Pray for Us

Today I’m preaching at the seminary. Talk about a rough crowd; definitely the most critical of audiences. I’m preaching on the feast of St. John Bosco and here’s what I’ll say… Readings: Phil. 4:4-9 Matt. 18:1-5 St. John Bosco Biography “Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”… Continue reading St. John Bosco, Pray for Us

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

The days just keep on getting sadder…

I grieve for Matty and Jared, both way too young to die. I knew Matty pretty well, and worked directing the contemporary choir with him last spring. He was talented, energetic and bright, and will be a loss to his archdiocese. I also grieve for Rob and Mark, who have minor physical wounds but other… Continue reading The days just keep on getting sadder…

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A Very Sad Day

I’d like to ask you all to keep our community at Mundelein in your prayers. Early this morning, four of our seminarians were involved in a serious, tragic car accident, on our campus. I don’t know all the details yet, and I probably don’t want to know. But one of them was killed, another underwent… Continue reading A Very Sad Day