The wind was beginning to stir when we arrived for our silent retreat. As we collected in the beautiful chapel at the retreat center to pray, I looked outside the windows at the incredible view of the woods in the hilly countryside of western middle Tennessee. The same woods where Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash … Continue reading Trees Do Bend
An chapel outpouring for the ones who think they can't, they aren't or they won't.
The chasm that separates Heaven and the Netherworld as described in today's gospel is not the same as the one that is lessened on this battlefield of good and evil The civil war within ourselves must be waged every day. Put on your armor.
Prodigal: characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure; lavish Eyelids drooping Wednesday night, I read the next day's gospel in the book "The Better Part" by Father John Bartunek LC, our group's chosen read this year. The word for the next day's gospel that jumped out at me was LAVISH. Describing how God wants to pour … Continue reading The Lavishing
When we were little kids, my dad used to sing us a bedtime song. He would pull out his guitar and sing "Puff the Magic Dragon" and we thought he was a rock star. As I became a teenager, he would remind me it was time to get to bed and I would instead find … Continue reading The Obedient Override
Why would someone take the hard way around in life? Why would anyone scrape through brambles and climb hills where there is little path and a narrow gate, when there is a wide, paved open road before them? One would assume that the right thing to do is take the easy road. Often a rule … Continue reading A Moral Litmus Test
Back to school week for most of us means back to business, including meeting to Encounter Christ in the upcoming Sunday gospel together as a group. Usually one of our well-attended gatherings, we were happy there were a few more than normal in attendance for digesting the challenging nature of this gospel passage. Christ explains … Continue reading Peace and Division