- Take Away Our Pain, Lord. Please.
We are almost to the holy season of Lent. Soon we will begin a time of reflection, penance, and pondering. The question will now become, will we meet Lent and allow it to change us? Do we recognize the need for change? Do we feel the ever-growing need for God to be closer to us, ... Read More
- “Faith sees best in the dark.”
In an emotional television interview, President Biden quoted Danish Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard in his book, Gospel of Sufferings. The quote is taped to his bedroom mirror by his wife, Jill. It is apropos for how I have felt over the last four years and especially since the unprecedented and tumultuous riot, an act of fear ... Read More
- Remembering When We Bled…
Well, it has been quite a year. Even as we enter 2021, the remnants of what was is still clouded by what could have been. We need to heal. I remember being asked what makes me a good priest. I replied that if I am a good priest, it was because of the lessons I ... Read More
- The Year of Being a Good Joseph!
This past week we placed a list of needed items for our homeless outreach on our Blessing Bag Outreach Facebook page. A gentleman replied that, “We should take care of the homeless and the veterans, not illegal immigrants!”
Now, to be clear, I don’t care what identification someone living on streets is carrying or not carrying; ... Read More
- No Disney, Just a Car Wash This Year, and That’s OK.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving and what to even say to all of you who read my blog; it’s a different kind of Thanksgiving this year, that’s for sure.
This past Monday, I needed to take my Jeep in for service; it seemed that the steering was acting erratically on our last trip from ... Read More
- I Won’t Give Into Fear.
“There is a really deep well inside me. And in it dwells God. Sometimes I am there, too … And that is all we can manage these days and also all that really matters: that we safeguard that little piece of You, God, in ourselves.” — Etty Hillesum
How do you feel when you hear these ... Read More
- I Am Burned Out, too; I Get it, but I Won’t Give Up.
I get it. I am tired of it all, too. “They” keep saying just do certain simple things like distance and wear a mask and we will be back to some resemblance of normal. But, now, here we are – some 8+ months into the worst of the pandemic and we are canceling holidays and ... Read More
- The Blessings of Ordinary to Extraordinary.
This Sunday, October 11th 2020, at the 9:00am Mass, I will do something I rarely do. I will exercise my authority as a Bishop and consecrate holy oils. I will take the vulgar and transform it to the sacred, the ordinary to the extraordinary, the profane to the hallowed.
Some of the church’s most ancient traditions ... Read More
- It Didn’t Matter.
As said in my latest video, I know that I haven’t written much lately. My blogs and devotionals are hard to fathom as I grapple with the world around me.
As a priest, some think I am somehow immune to it all, but I am not. To be honest, I am just tired. I’m so ... Read More
- The Burden of Hate; Lifted Here.
In a recent survey, about 80% of people believe churches should be subject to the same rules on being open and on requiring social distancing practices as other organizations; some 28% said they believe their own place of worship should be closed for all in-person meetings, while 57% said their own churches should be open, ... Read More
- Here’s What Pastor Moments Taught Me.
I’ve been thinking all summer about being a pastor, especially as I continue to navigate the unknown for months on end now. Many have thought that I simply made these decisions and was left fine, but the truth is, I am not sure.
First, the decisions were about closing. Do I close the school as ... Read More
- Off We Go!
I am writing early this week because we have so many exciting things going on!
First, I am off to our new retreat center later today to meet with a few contractors and bring up some of the donated furniture from some of you! We will try to get the center open by early fall so ... Read More
- Haters Gonna Hate. A Time for Love!
I long to return to normal. I long, at least to return from this pandemic that is robbing people of joy, hope, and stability. I long to return to the days of boring and ‘known’ routines. I long to wake and not see an updated staggering death count, or worry that my mask isn’t clean, ... Read More
- You Won’t See Me For Two Weeks; I Love You That Much.
As I sit down at my desk to write this blog, the United States of America has just surpassed a new milestone: we now have over 3 million cases of coronavirus, and sadly and disturbingly our numbers are rising. We actually added 1 million cases in the last month alone, and 14 states are increasing ... Read More
- Until Everyone Breathes Free.
This week was extraordinary. We witnessed the Supreme Court of the United States rule that the current administration may not immediately proceed with its plan to end protecting about 700,000 young immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the majority opinion, joined by the court’s four more liberal members ... Read More