Archive | February 2012

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Voices in the wilderness

Editors Note:  This is part of a series I wrote three years ago.  Enjoy. Friday after Ash Wednesday / February 27, 2009 Lake Charles, Louisiana in a bayou Dear friends, Lent always begins by inviting us to go into our own wilderness experience with Jesus.  Mine began this morning (Friday.) I slept well but almost […]

The Jesus I know and love

Editors note: This is a reprise of a few articles I wrote a couple of years ago.  I hope you enjoy them. 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 […]

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

Dear Friends, Ash Wednesday is upon us. And you may ask ~ 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 penitent’s forehead he says one of two poignant phrases: […]


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 before Ash Wednesday when in the old church they were to be  when […]

Love transforms us

Dear Friends, Last week I spoke about “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 consequence, and very sadly, so many do not know how to love in a way that transforms because so […]

Love is fidelity

Flagler Beach sunrise / bob traupman. 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 but rejoices with the truth. Romantic […]

Jilted lovers

mesa verde national park of southern colorado / march 2008 / bob traupman.  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 you thought that […]

Ode to Love

turtle-puppy love Dear Friends and Lovers everywhere, Many of us are thinking of our Valentine’s these days — our lovers,  intendeds, spouses, classmates, mothers . . . So, what is love? I have officiated at the marriages of many young couples  over the 43 years of my priesthood who have chosen  St. Paul’s Ode to […]