Archive | February 2018

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Have you been to the mountain?

The Second Sunday of Lent ~ February 25, 2018 Jesus takes Peter, James and John to a mountaintop and there they have ~ well ~ a “peak” experience extraordinaire.  I’d like to begin once again with some notes from Scripture scholar William Barclay. He says that tradition has it that this event took place on Mount […]

The Fidelity of Jesus ~ May we be faithful too!

The First Sunday of Lent ~The Fidelity of Jesus ~ February 18, 2018 This is a story about fidelity in the face of temptation. This is a story about the Jesus I know and love. Before I get into my own thoughts on this important opening story in the life of our Lord, I’d like to […]

The Jesus I know and love ~ And I want You to know him too!

Thursday after Ash Wednesday, February 16, 2018 Dear Sisters and Brothers, In the first reading, Moses says: “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20). […]

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust ~ Can we rise again?

Ash Wednesday 2018 Dear Friends, Ash Wednesday is upon us once again. Easter is early this year ~ Sunday April 1st. So, you may ask ~ what are ashes all about? We Catholics like symbols.  (So does Harry Potter.) What can they tell us about life? And death?  And reality? When the priest smears ashes […]

CARNIVAL! When do you let yourself have some fun?

Dear Friends, Well, this week the Big Easy and Rio have one thing in common — one huge party! And this year it coincides with our Valentine’s Day celebration ~ so things are a bit mixed up this year, but all for more fun! And what is so interesting its very Catholic.  It’s a time to […]

True love is faithful love ~ in God’s love ~ How true is your love?

Flagler Beach Florida sunrise / bob traupman. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, EVERYONE! Well, actually it’s not quite Valentine’s Day yet, but the 14th this year happens to coincide with Ash Wednesday, so I’m greeting you a bit early for all the romantic stuff. On Monday, we’ll begin thinking about Lent by going down to the Big […]

Jilted lovers ~ or Joyous love?

mesa verde national park of southern colorado / march 2008 / bob traupman.  Dear Sisters and Brothers, 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 young people thought that this was the person of their dreams and […]