Ordinary moments of Ordinary Time

Giving Thanks in trying times

New blog post for Thanksgiving Day 2017 How can we celebrate Thanksgiving after a difficult year? Let’s start with this: President James Madison in 1815 was the one who created the tradition of setting aside a day for the people of the United States to Give Thanks to the Creator for the goodness of our […]

The Feast of St Francis of Assisi ~ Share the Journey!

October 4, 2017 ~ The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi There are few in the world, including Muslims, who have not heard of this great, but so simple saint. He’s known often for his friendship with animals, particularly of the Wolf of Gubio whom he tamed .  But today I want to talk with you about an […]

A prayer for Labor Day ~ 2017

LABOR DAY 2017 As we pause this weekend for the last holiday of the summer, may we reflect on the gift of work. But we do so. conscious of all those suffering the loss of not only their jobs, their paychecks, but also their homes and almost everything dear to them as the result of an […]

A Woman Clothed With the Sun

THE FEAST OF ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY ~ AUGUST 15th, 2017 In 1950 Pope Pius XII declared as a dogma of the church something that we Catholics have believed throughout the church’s history ~ that Mary was taken up into heaven, body and soul,  to sit at her Son’s side for all eternity.  […]

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 […]

Are We Re-birthing America today?

Dear Friends, the boy in the image above was reading the Declaration of Independence emblazoned on the wall of the Jefferson Memorial when I visited there in October 2007.  He represents our future. Keith Carradine wrote and published this song below eight years ago. I still identify with every one of his sentiments today. I […]

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, […]