Slow Down!

“Slow down!” I often tell my husband that; if I had a quarter for every time I said (or yelled) this at our children, we’d both be able to quit our jobs and live a life of lazy luxury. Our youngest two are boys, filled to the brim with movement [...]

Grace to Faith to Grace

One of the more overlooked mysteries of the faith, is probably the mystery of faith. Faith is not encompassed in believing something to be true. Faith doesn’t come 100% from us, nor is it 100% from God. Faith is more than assent to a given truth, more than a gift [...]

The Transfiguration Experience

One of the great blessings in my week is the occasional opportunity to assist at daily Mass at St. Peter’s. These rare opportunities typically occur on holidays, such as the most recent occasion of President’s Day. I arrived at Church, took some time in prayer and then went to the [...]

Ways To Grow In Love

After the Resurrection, our Lord put a very simple, yet profound question to Peter—and Jesus asked him this question three times: “Peter, do you love me?” Now let us replace Peter’s name with our own, because at the heart of our Christian life and all the practices of this Lenten [...]

Lent Is An Opportunity

The unseasonably wonderful weather we’ve been having these last few weeks makes me hopeful that spring is on its way. It also makes it easy for me to believe that it’s already very near to Lent, and therefore, closer to Easter. In just a few days, Lent will begin. It’s [...]

The High Road

It would not be breaking any news to state that tensions are at, perhaps, an all-time high in our country. Opinions are sharply divided on all sides, and fruitful dialogue seems a rare animal indeed, one which has gone into hibernation for this political wintertime. It would seem few are [...]

Everyday Disciples

Jesus chose ordinary people, just like you and me, to be his disciples. He built his Church, not through a well-funded advertising campaign, but through touching interpersonal encounters, public miracles and teaching and preaching to the people. You and I are “everyday disciples,” and we don’t even know it! But [...]


As we set out to become disciples, it’s only natural – even expected – that our very first questions and uncertainties are, “How do I do that?”, or “What will I need to do to become a disciple?” The response to this reaction is at once promising and challenging. This [...]

Enrolled in Christ

Each time we approach the Lord in the Scriptures, God, living and active, is preparing us to meet him in that time of prayer, in the life that waits on the other side of death and in the life we experience here and now. It is critical for us to [...]

A Baby in a Basket: Our Frail Humanity

REFLECTIONS FROM OUR DEACON The local news media recently carried a story about an infant who was found in a clothes basket, just inside the Dayton Avenue entrance to the Cathedral of St. Paul on January 4. An employee of the Cathedral was making the rounds to lock up after [...]