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Witnessing Royal Events

This is a week of mourning and transition. As the United Kingdom remembers and celebrates the life of Queen Elizabeth, the world community grieves the loss of a remarkable woman. A person who fulfilled her official duties for over 70 years, until two days before her death, the queen was also a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, cherishing her time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren at her summer home in Scotland. Inheriting the legacy of his mother, Prince Charles has assumed his role as king. Read More

Relics left behind

One of the highlights I experienced early this summer was an event that took place in my parish. I am a member of St. Bernadette Parish in Appleton, and for two days we were privileged to have the relics of St. Bernadette present in our church. The relics were in a beautiful gold container encased in a glass box. The box was set in front of our statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Bernadette. Read More

It all began with First Communion

One on my favorite Sundays of the Easter Season is Good Shepherd Sunday. I think it is because this was the Sunday I made my First Communion so many years ago. I can remember the day as if it were yesterday. I can remember the excitement of getting ready at home, lining up outside of church to walk in, and the moment I received Jesus in the Eucharist for the very first time. There was a feeling of being so close to Jesus and a sense of joy that I was so loved by God. Read More

Embracing the Easter Mystery

Every year during Lent I have the practice of meditating each morning on a section of the Passion of Christ from one of the four Gospels. Recently, as I was contemplating Jesus dying on the cross, I experienced some intense emotion, and out of nowhere I heard myself say, “I love my vocation.” Read More

Lent: A call to adore

This winter, after the Christmas decorations were removed from our church and we settled into Ordinary Time, something new appeared in the sanctuary. I noticed that the sanctuary lamp, which had previously stood right next to the tabernacle, had been fastened to the wall and now hung slightly higher than the tabernacle. On either side of the tabernacle was a tall, narrow pedestal with an angel mounted on it, bowing in adoration. Read More

Focus and dedication

Last Sunday marked World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life Day, which celebrates the gifts that religious men and women bring to the Church and the world. Over the weekend, as I watched Olympic figure skating I was impressed by the dedication and focus of each skater. What a beautiful sport! The gracious presence of each skater was impressive. I can’t imagine the work involved to get to that level of competition. But I also noticed how many of their skills are necessary for me to have. Read More

A star shall advance

Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ someone looked upon the Jewish people, a small nation influenced by one mighty empire after another, and recognized how precious that people was. “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your encampments, O Israel.” (Numbers 24:5) This person then predicted that a star would advance from Jacob. These words speak of hope and anticipation. Read More

Why not?

Recently, as I was undergoing some physical therapy treatment, my therapist told me that he had graduated from a Lutheran high school. That led to a conversation about my life and ministry. Read More