Archive | February 2020

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The Fidelity of Jesus: May we be faithful too!

The First Sunday of Lent ~The Fidelity of Jesus ~ March 1st, 2020. 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 […]

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

Thursday after Ash Wednesday, February 27, 2020 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 ~ Let Jesus raise you up!

Ash Wednesday 2020 Dear Friends, Ash Wednesday is upon us once again. Easter  ~ Sunday April 12th. 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 on the penitent’s forehead […]

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 what is so interesting its very Catholic.  It’s a time to let your hair down before the strike of midnight Ash Wednesday morning when we Catholics used to abstain from meat during  the six-week Lenten […]

Happy Valentine’s Day! True Love is faithful love ~ How do you measure up?

Flagler Beach Florida sunrise / bob traupman. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, EVERYONE! We’ve been reflecting on St. Paul’s eloquent words about love from I Corinthians 13. And this is my final post on the subject. Love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it does not seek its own interests,             […]

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 […]

St. Paul’s Ode to Love ~ How do we measure up?

Many of us are thinking of our Valentine’s these days — our lovers,  intend-eds, spouses, classmates, mothers and also spouses remembering their deceased loved ones. Hallmark would encourage us to “send the very best.”   And marketeers would like to get their greedy fingers on our credit cards for this one-day holiday, wouldn’t they? So let’s go […]