Woman, Behold Your Son

Christ is risen! Being raised in the 70’s, my brother and I were direct witnesses to the changes in society as norms were challenged and changed. Some of these changes and challenges were absolutely necessary. How can anyone defend the reduction of talented people, no matter what their skin color, their gender, or their economic status, to mere categories of “acceptable” roles in society? Why, that very idea strikes one as, at…

Who’s Your Daddy?

Christ is risen! “All by myself, don’t want to be all by myself anymore…” So sang Eric Carmen in 1975. The song was loosely based on the second movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. It tells the story of a young man all alone as he is stood up at the altar on his wedding day. It grips with telling power the sadness of being alone. I never…

Join Him in the Fire!

Christ is risen! What is the regular rhythm of your life? Looking at your daily routine, what does it teach you about your “habit” of prayer and devotion? The questions are not meant to bring shame or confrontation, but revelation. St. Basil taught that to know God one must get to know one’s self without falling into the trap of self-centeredness. Yes, I know, very difficult. But now we have arrived at…

My Time Has Not Yet Come

Christ is risen! Timing is everything! I took a stand up comedian class once in trying to develop my public speaking skills, and this point was driven home over and over again. Timing is everything. What’s true in comedy is also true in life. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to “force” something to happen before it was the right time and how many times that very forcing ruined…

This is a Hard Saying

Christ is risen! “If it were easy, everybody would do it!” Yep, I’ve heard that before. And it’s true! In fact, most of the truly worthwhile efforts in my life have been difficult. I can’t remember one thing that was easy for me ever becoming something I couldn’t live without! Important things usually are difficult, require sacrifice, and are filled with aggravation and require consistent commitment. I hear this in my head…

Unless I Eat What?

Christ is risen! Sometimes explaining things to kids is easier than explaining deep concepts to adults. Children seem to be able to grasp deep ideas with a matter-of-fact joy that all too often is just not possible for we “grown ups.” And that’s because the kids haven’t yet been jaded by disappointment, pain, and fear. To be fair, being grown up allows us a more mature development of our lives, as least…

Power AND Authority

Christ is risen! Most people confuse power and authority. They think power IS authority but they are mistaken. In fact, I’d say the modern obsession with power is precisely because we have lost the ability to appreciate real authority. Just look at any community in the aftermath of some event that turns that community upside down. Riots break out and people demand that the authorities fix the problem by looting and destroying…

Certainly NOT Gluten-Free

Christ is risen! It seems there isn’t a day goes by when a new “warning” about the “dangers” of something we’ve been eating for centuries crops up to grab our attention. Funny, I don’t remember all these peanut allergies when I was a kid! Now, don’t get me wrong; I don’t doubt that there are some real situations where allergies, reactions, and medical realities lead some to radically modify their diet and…

Gives LIFE to the World

Christ is risen! “You are what you eat!” That has always been a terrifying saying to me, especially as I constantly struggle with eating well rather than the “convenience eating” that always gets me in trouble. It seems we humans really do want to eat well. We create “food pyramids” and healthy eating tips and cauliflower pizza crust (a real thing! I saw it on the internet!). The Federal Government is always…