Tag: Death

A Final Tribute To Mom

As I prepare to leave southern Indiana behind once again to return to Anchorage, I wish to share some final thoughts about our family’s experience of accompanying Mom through her final days.  Please bear with me for one final reflection. At the prayer service the night before Mom’s funeral, each of the family members offered some reflections about Mom. I could not think of Mom without thinking of Pop.  The two naturally went together, and it is barely possible to separate them.  I recalled a plaque that hung over the kitchen entrance to our home […]

Who Do You Say That I Am?

In this Sunday’s Gospel, we find Jesus and his disciples traveling in the northern section of Israel, near the Syrian border, at a place known as Caesarea Philippi.  This area was known at the time for its worship of many different gods.  No wonder Jesus chose this location to ask his followers who people think he is. Jesus asks: “Who do people say that I am?”  (Mark 8:27)  His disciples have been with him long enough to begin to understand who Jesus is.  They have no doubt heard others speculate regarding his identity. Some say […]

What To Do When God’s Will Seems ‘Unreasonable?’

On this Second Sunday of Lent, our first reading continues from the Book of Genesis.  God tells Abraham “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah.  There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height I will point out to you.”  (Genesis 22: 2)  This seems such an unreasonable request.  Some would define the request in harsher terms. But we must recall that God knows us better than we know ourselves. The first thing I think of is how clearly Abraham is in communication with […]

Choose Life!

Today the Scriptures remind us of a fundamental truth: our life is in God. Thus, Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy (30:15-20) instructs the people: Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom. If you obey the commandments of the Lord, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the Lord, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy. If however, you turn away your […]

CHRISTand His Truth; The Life Choice of Lent

I hope and pray your Lenten journey is well underway.  I also pray it will be fruitful journey that leads to a closer walk with the Lord, greater clarity in God’s will for you, and renewed grace and charity to live it. Today’s reading from Deuteronomy invites us as Moses invites the Israelites to choose life over death.  For us, this means choosing Christ, who is the ‘light of God’s face.’  (Psalm 44)  In turning our hearts to God, we seek truth over falsehood, meaning over irrelevance, purpose of life rather than drifting with the […]

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