When Joey, our oldest son, was five years old we signed him up for an instructional soccer league. At one of Joey's first practices, the coach broke the large group of boys and girls into teams. Joey quickly demonstrated a knack for dribbling a soccer ball that most of the other kids didn't seem to have yet. Before long Joey was scoring goals almost at will.
Everyone loves a good story, right? Did you hear the one about the raccoon climbing up the outside of a skyscraper in St. Paul Minnesota? It was first reported by Minnesota Public Radio News and quickly became an internet sensation. The raccoon's story began trending on social media with the hashtag #mprraccoon.
Do you watch the nightly news? I haven't in years. We stopped having the newspaper delivered to our house as well. It all seems so depressing to me so I limit my intake of the news. In order to keep from living with my head in the sand, once a day I check the news app on my phone.
We just attended our nephew's commencement ceremony as he graduated from high school. Of course, the message of being prepared for the future was a common theme amongst the various speakers. Seeing the potential of each graduate as they walked across the stage was inspiring but I found myself wondering what the future held for these 18 year-olds?
Do you have doubts? Me too. We all do about one thing or another. Why is that? Did you know that the very first thing Satan said in the Book of Genesis was intended to create doubt? He said to Eve, "Did God really say?"
The oncologist had gone to examine the blood samples I had given upon arriving at his office. The 20 minutes that Maria and I sat waiting seemed like an eternity. He finally returned and sat down on his wheeled stool without making eye contact which caused no small amount of alarm. The doctor had a message for us that he did not seem in a hurry to share. We braced for the bad news.
I had a conversation with my brother yesterday where he excitedly told me about his pending graduation. Jeffrey has gone back to school in order to start a second career. As a highly thought of student, he is receiving job recommendations from his instructors. I asked him what he was looking for in his new career and employer. He made it clear that…
It has only happened three times in my entire life. The first time I held each one of our children my heart nearly jumped from my chest. In looking at photos from those days in the hospital I re-live a little bit of that feeling. While I still love Joey, Sarah and Joshua deeply, there was something about that first time that was truly unique. Just how much love are we capable of?
I really didn't want to leave. I've always said I've wanted to live in a place like this so leaving was tough. This past weekend for Maria's birthday we went to stay with our friends Jan and Andy at their beautiful home at Lake James in North Carolina.
Have you heard the saying, "I know a guy"? Today I made a U-turn and drove twice as far as I needed to buy tires from my favorite service guy. Brad has been absolutely top-notch in every interaction I've had with him for the four years I've been driving a Mazda. He takes a very proprietary interest in me and my car.
When I read this week's Gospel I realized that I needed to share with you what I'm going through in spite of the fact that it's very personal. My recent struggles are deeply personal and they are getting in the way of what I know to be true. I'm in a strange place and I'm not sure what to do or where to go. It feels like I'm taking one step forward followed by two steps back.
It strikes me as odd that I need to be reminded that I have a Reminders app on my phone. I use it sparingly but when I do it can be extremely helpful in my busy and often distracted life. Siri hears me and repeats my message to ensure that she got it right and then she promises to remind me. Then at the appointed time, up pops my reminder.
On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they put him.”
Have you ever had an experience that caused you to stop and say, "What just happened?" We just had a family emergency that caused me to look back and ask that question. I'm still trying to make sense of everything that happened.
It’s snowing again this morning. March in southwestern Pennsylvania; it was three times warmer in February! I wonder if the poor flowers that sprouted early will survive? Those bulbs beneath the frozen ground eventually bring us the first glimpse of spring. It is almost here. I can’t wait!!!
I recently read a book about God and the human brain. In the book, researchers asked people what they thought God looked like. The question produced a lengthy pause in most adults. This was significant to the neuroscientist because it meant that a great deal of neurological activity was taking place as different parts of the brain attempted to put into words a concept that defies the parameters of language for many people.