Death, Taxes and Holiness

We are reminded at this time of the year, the only two things certain in life are death and taxes. Great. I paid my taxes. Now what? I’m still alive even though the sand is moving faster than ever through the proverbial hourglass. Taxes are behind me, so now what? Death? Thank God for Easter … Read more

St Patrick

As we reflect on St. Patrick, consider as well the pilgrimage Jennie Weeks and I will lead to Scotland, September 16-26, 2024. Our theme will continue with our pilgrimage in Ireland two years ago: “Celtic Christianity and life with God.” This time, we will follow many of the Scottish saints who brought light into the … Read more

The Isle of Iona

The Island of Iona is three miles long and two miles wide. Yet, it is considered “the cradle of Christianity.” Jenny Weeks and I are leading a pilgrimage through Scotland on the theme of Celtic Christianity September 16-26, 2024. This is not an infomercial but it is an invitation should you be interested in renewal, … Read more

Saint Brigid and Thresholds

The story of St. Brigid begins early one morning when a young woman walked down the hill to pasture where she would milk the cows. After she had filled two large buckets, she began making her way back home. Trudging up the hill, careful not to spill the milk, she began having pains within her … Read more

Just Trust and Obey

As we continue to live fully into this season of Epiphany, it becomes apparent to all who recognize Jesus as Lord, we are called to follow him. Like with the disciples, it is easy to get distracted and not only second-guess Jesus but there are also times we think maybe there is a better plan, … Read more

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Feast your eyes on the painting and the calling of Peter and Andrew by the pre-Renaissance Italian artist Duccio. (c. 1255-1260) Several features catch my immediate attention. Look at the hand of Jesus. It is open and inviting. According to the Gospel of Mark, all Jesus says is, “Follow me and I will make you … Read more

Just Give Me Jesus

As part of an Advent program, I invited children forward and told them the Christmas story with the manger. One little boy held-up his hand and said, “hey, you know what?” Pointing to the creche he said, “we have that game. We have that game at our home” Within seconds, all the children echoed, “we … Read more

Advent Enters our Time

Each year, Advent rolls around like clock-work. It begins a new liturgical year. There is more to it. The season opens our hearts and souls. It gets personal but it is not private. Advent is an opportune time when God says, “Behold, I will do a new thing.” (Isaiah 43:19 KJV). Advent is kairos time … Read more

Thanksgiving

We are approaching the Thanksgiving holiday. It is a national holiday but for Christians in America, be assured the day is celebrated not only as a holiday, but a holy-day. What makes Thanksgiving Day holy is not only do we give thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us, but we are … Read more