3 Invaluable Insights

Our busy lives really do challenge us in keeping our priorities in the right order, don’t they? We moderns are a complicated mishmash of schedules, opportunities, affluence, and “freedom.” And that multiplication of events, desires, hopes, and advertisements don’t seem to be slowing down. It seems that each new day brings a new barrage of invitations, exhortations, and marketing all meant to fill up every available moment of our day with “You…

Very Superstitious

In 1972 Stevie Wonder released the song Superstition. The opening guitar licks are still one the the most famous opening lines of any song I remember from my youth. But the lyrics always fascinated me, I guess because I was raised in the rural South and we had lots of superstitions. Things like black cats crossing our path, walking under open ladders, breaking mirrors, and so many others. One that really sticks…

Paul is Politically Incorrect

Politics makes strange bedfellows. When I start talking politics, especially as a priest, it makes folks (rightfully) nervous. After all, as a priest, I’m supposed to focus on being accessible and available to all people regardless of their positions on this or that political matter. And that’s true. But I’ve also found it extremely helpful to myself and even to others to embrace the wisdom of discovering our real intentions and even…

Is It a Barrier or a Threshold

Do you know the difference between a barrier and a threshold? It’s actually quite an important distinction. The old saying goes “good fences make good neighbors” and there’s no disputing that clear boundaries are necessary in relationships for there to be healthy communion between persons. But, what happens when a boundary gets used to diminish the value of others or even exclude someone from the “group” simply because they are who they…

Watch Out for Short Cuts

“I know a shortcut!” And with that, me a my buddy promptly got lost going to a friend’s house! You see, I remember the days before GPS! Yes, I’m THAT old. By the way, are you aware that we now have a generation growing up that will never know what the world was like before the smartphone and GPS tracking? I wonder where they will take “shortcuts?” We all face the temptation…

Don’t Settle for Half!

It was frustrating not having the whole story. It felt like I was on a bridge that was only half finished. No matter how hard you try you’re never going to cross a bridge half built. And yet we all too often make final decisions about small and big issues in our lives without the “whole story” and when this happens we often discover we’re at a dead end! Look at our…

He Ascended Into Heaven

Today is the Feast of the Ascension, and this Feast begs the question: What is this whole ascending from the Mount of olives all about? Why didn’t Jesus just “POOF” disappear and go to the Father’s side? Why all this theatrics? It is almost axiomatic that any truth or tradition sufficiently removed from its Source or Cause tends toward superstition and nostalgia. And given enough time and thoughtlessness, it can even become…

Sons of the Light

Christ is risen! On this Apodosis (Leavetaking) of Pascha, may God grant us faithful hearts until next Pascha! Stumbling around in the dark isn’t just a problem for me when I’m looking for a midnight snack (as if I really needed that!), but is a perfect metaphor for my life lived without the Light and wisdom of the faith to protect me from bad choices and missed opportunities in my life! I…

Strange Things

Christ is risen! Have you heard about the most recent outrage that’s all the rage nowadays? It’s called “cultural appropriation.” That’s where somebody uses the cherished cultural expressions of another culture. The recent dust up about a young lady wearing a Chinese dress to her prom when she wasn’t Chinese is an example. But what if it was necessary to use the particulars of another culture to communicate Good News to them?…