Fidelity; Loyalty

Today is the feast of St. Luke, Evangelist.  There is a marvelous depiction of his loyalty to St. Paul represented in the courtyard of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.  (Picture to the left)  The scene recalls the Scripture passage of 2 Timothy, 4: 11 where St. Paul writes:  Read more…

Fire of Sin; Fire of Soul

I recently began reading Generations of Priests  by Thomas J. McGovern.  This book reviews the lives of ten saintly priests / bishops of our tradition.  The first reviews the life and writings of St. John Chrysostom (345 – 407).  St. John was known for his preaching and great use of Read more…

Invasive Species

Another lesson from nature comes from the effort to remove invasive species from our woods. There is one tree, oddly enough named, Tree of Heaven, that is an invasive species, and must be controlled if not eradicated. Invasive species in a hardwood forest are synonymous with sin in the spiritual Read more…

Core of Life

For nearly sixteen years, my brother and I have owned some forested property in Southern Indiana.  This part of the country is known for its beautiful hardwoods, such as White and Red Oak, Maple, Walnut, Cherry, Tulip Poplar, Ash, etc.  We have had many years of enjoying a day off Read more…

Our Need For God

In prayer this morning, as usual, I was bringing the many “needs” of the Diocese to God in prayer.  Somewhere in the midst of this prayer, a simple syllogism popped into my mind:  Our needs are great.  God is Great.  Our need is for God!  This is a very simple Read more…

Wilderness Wonders

This past week we saw some of the most beautiful scenery of God’s creation…right here in NW Wyoming.  We spent the week NW of Cody Wyoming, in Crandall,  just East of Yellowstone Park in the Shoshone National Forest.  Pictured above are my brother and I, and in another picture, my Read more…

Bison Break

I’ve just returned from the third of five deanery priests gatherings.  In an effort to better know the priests and their concerns, as well as allow them the opportunity to better know me, I am meeting with the priests on a deanery basis beginning around 2:00pm and going until lunch Read more…

Final Weeks & Feasts

How I love these final weeks of Ordinary Time and the Feast Days that fall within them.  The readings of these days give us such practical reminders of the “passing nature” of this world and re-orient us to our proper end, The Kingdom of God.  Today’s Feast of the Guardian Read more…