Ordinary moments of Ordinary Time

The Courage of the Signers ~ where is our courage?

Dear Friends, On  July 4, 1776, the men, and their families supporting them published the sacred document, the Declaration of Independence, that created this country.  At its conclusion, they said: FOR THE SUPPORT OF THIS DECLARATION WITH A FIRM RELIANCE ON THE PROTECTION OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE WE MUTUALLY PLEDGE OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES AND OUR […]

A Prayer for the Fourth of July

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This is an actual image of one of the four panels of the words of Thomas Jefferson emblazoned upon the walls of perhaps America’s most sacred shrine, the Jefferson Memorial. The image was taken in October 2007 on my first pilgrimage to pray for our country’s transformation. As I offer my thoughts, […]

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ What wondrous love is this?

THE FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS ~ Friday, June 28, 2019 First of all, here’s a bit of history about the Feast of the Sacred Heart . . . . It was at the Last Supper that John, the disciple “whom Jesus loved,” reclined on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (Jn. 13:23)  Just hours […]

The Feast of the Holy Trinity ~ Caught up in the Circle of their Love!

The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity ~ Sunday June 16 2019 Dear Friends, When we recite the Creed at Mass about God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the language used can be quite confusing for us: I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible […]

CARNIVAL! Time to let yourself have some fun before Lent!

CARNIVAL! 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 when we  Catholics used to abstain from meat during  the six-week Lenten season. The […]

Centering Prayer and the Importance of Silence in our Lives

Centering Prayer and the Importance of Silence in our Lives Most of us learned that Prayer is talking to God. Right? And so we babble on in our prayers and list all our needs, or say a rosary, or read Scripture—all certainly worthy methods of prayer, of course. But how many of us really learned […]

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 Cor. 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,               […]