LIFE!

OK, here’s the scene, Harrison Ford playing Indiana Jones, finally passes all the tests to get into the chamber where the ancient knight stands guard over the True Chalice used at the Last Supper by Christ. The old knight, having taken a vow with his three brothers, to guard the Chalice forever, tells Indiana “Choose wisely.” And, well, you know what happens next. The choices of our lives, both big and small,…

Derailed by Criticism and Offense

Illness gets in the way of today’s update, dear ones, but I wanted to share this with you. As one who enjoys the gift of being a leader, I can assure you the quickest way to get derailed from your vision and goals is to allow criticism and offense to distract you. Don’t do it. There will always be critics. there will always be folks who love drama more than they love…

WORK AND FAITH

At this time of year, there is a familiar sound in front of the stores I visit. It is the distinct sound of bell-ringing and the seasonal sight of a red bucket. Frankly, it is a comfort to me. And I have taught my children that we have a family rule: We never pass the red bucket without putting something in. Never. Listen to St. Poemen. “As far as you can, do…

No One Goes to Heaven Alone

Faith is too big for just one person. That’s the reason why the shallow reduction in modernity of the person to a mere individual has such horrible results for that person, society, and world. Just today, I was reading an article about how worried folks are in Colorado about legalized marijuana being used by under aged kids. There’s a new device called a “pocket hooka” that is easily used and hidden and…

Why?

Why do we make time for everything, but worship? Why does it take a tragedy or a problem to turn our hearts toward God? Why do we handle this treasure of faith so loosely? Why do we treat our souls in a way we would never treat our bodies? Why are we so quick to believe the worst in another and so slow to forgive and move on? Why do we value…

A Saturday Thought before Christmas

On this Saturday, I invite you to contemplate this bit of wisdom from St.Ambrose of Milan: “He took what is mine in order that He might impart to me what is His. He took it not to overturn it but to fill it.” If we are to ever escape the constant and consistent gravitational pull of mediocrity and pride, we will have to come to grips with the reality that God became…

Joyful Leadership

“I’m their leader! Which way did they go?” I have a cap with two bills on it, one in the front and one in the back with that slogan on it. It’s funny because it’s so often true. Leadership is always such a rewarding and challenging calling. In fact, if you could get most leaders to share their deepest and most honest feelings, you would find that most leaders feel quite inadequate…

Bearing Fruit

I remember sermons I preached years ago admonishing the congregation to “love each other more” and “be joyful,” and I also remember the puzzled looks on their faces as I could almost hear them asking in their heads “OK, how do I do that?!” Too many times we so quickly “tell” our friends what they have to do to be happy or successful or to have a good relationship, and they usually…

Are You Growing Old or Growing Up?

Life is an amazing adventure and an amazing gift. But part of this life is the daily challenge of actually being awake to that amazement and the call to progress ion our lives. George Bernard Shaw once said “Youth is wasted on the young.” What he meant by that is when we have great strength and potential, we are still too immature to take full advantage of our possibilities, and when we…

Hold On!

“Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance.” Virgil The ability to have “stick-to-it-tavness” is a learned trait. The fact is endurance is both a gift and a habit that can be developed. That means our ability to learn how to endure is something we hold within our power to control. Most of us know someone in our lives that just seems to be able to stay with a challenge until it…