Cool Crisp Mountain Air

While much of the country remains under a heat dome, I escaped the city of Cheyenne yesterday to travel to Snowy Range, west of Laramie, for a hike near the summit.  We started hiking around 9:30am, and the temperature had not yet reached 70 degrees.  As you can see from the pictures, Read more…

Jesus The Great Integrator

Last week I spent three days in St. Paul on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, at the Center for Catholic Studies, with a very talented group of people exploring the serious possibility of beginning an Institute on Integral Ecology. The genius behind this idea is Dr. Christopher Read more…

God Our Creator

As a new Advent season begins, our readings draw attention to creation. From references to ‘the mountain of the Lord,’ (Isaiah 2: 1-5) to trees, branches, and fruit, (Isaiah 4) to the creatures of the earth that learn to live together in peace, (Isaiah 11) we are reminded of the Read more…

Dependence On God

Yesterday evening I was aware of restlessness within me. I was anxious about many things. (Luke 10:41) This last three months has been without a doubt a very full stretch, and the demands of today and tomorrow are not diminished. As is typical with the spiritual life, when we grow Read more…

Division & Fire

In the Gospel today (Luke 12:49-53) Jesus tells of his desire to set the earth ablaze with a fire.  He says something else that seems contradictory to His person and message: “I have come for division.” In reality, Jesus does not come to bring division, but His presence and message Read more…