Archive | February 2009

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The Jesus I know and love

Thursday after Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2009 Dear Sisters and Brothers, I’m here, somewhere above the clouds headed for my own 2009 wilderness experience.  Isn’t the sight of the portside wing aglow in orange against a pink horizon and a deep blue sea just awesome!  This Continental flight is zigzagging me across the south to […]

Change for the better

mission of nombre de dios / st. augustine, florida / (c) 2006 bob traupman.  all rights reserved. Dear Sisters and Brothers, It’s 6 AM here in Fort Lauderdale on this Ash Wednesday morning.  It’s still dark. Shivvy, my 11 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever devoted companion is still asleep.  This is the time of day […]

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. But what’s this Ashes thing” We Catholics like symbols.  (So does Harry Potter.) What do ashes mean? What can they tell us about life? And death?  And reality? When the priest smears ashes on the forehead he says one of two poignant phrases: REMEMBER, HUMAN, THAT YOU […]


Dear Sisters and Brothers, Well, this week the Big Easy and Rio have one thing in common — one huge party.  And what is so interesting its very Catholic.  It’s a time to let your hair down before the strike of midnight on Ash Wednesday when in the old church they were to be  when […]

Love transforms us

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Well, Valentine’s Day is over, but I have one more reflection in this series “What is Love? My last post was entitled “Jilted love.”  I think that many of young folks in our society have not experienced the love that transforms, even from their own parents or their spouses.  As a […]

Jilted lovers

mesa verde national park of southern colorado / march 2008 (c) bob traupman. all rights reserved. Dear Sisters and Brothers, This blog is particularly addressed to my young readers. Our society finds it quite acceptable for people to hop into one relationship after another or just satisfy their needs by”hooking up”. How many times have […]

Love is fidelity

Flagler Beach sunrise (c) bob traupman.  all rights reserved. We’ve been reflecting on St. Paul’s eloquent words about love from I Cor. 13. Love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it does not seek its own interests,                                                                                                                                                               it is not quick-tempered,                                                                                                                                                                               it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing […]

Love is patient

Dear Sisters and Brothers, We’ve been reflecting on St. Paul’s Ode to Love – I Corinthians 13. We all live with people who get on our nerves who are annoying, irritating– an elderly parent who moves too slowly or complains all the time, a teen who won’t clean up his room, a neighbor who throws […]

Love is kind

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Love is patient, love is kind. We’re in a series of reflections based on St. Paul’s Ode to Love (I Cor. 13) This is also about transforming America. You’ve seen the bumper sticker that says, “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty. We would transform America inside out […]

What is Love – part three

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We’re in the middle of a series reflecting on “What is Love?” It’s on our minds these days as we think about our Valentines. A question for you: Are you more interested in giving love. Or do you spend much of your time trying, / plotting / scheming / manipulating to […]