Transforming our Nation

Giving Thanks in trying times ~ How will you give thanks this year?

New blog post for Thanksgiving Day 2018 Will we take time out on Thanksgiving Day to make it truly a day of Thanksgiving this year? What do you have to be thankful for? Let’s start with this: President James Madison in 1815 was the one who created the tradition of setting aside a day for […]

The Triumph of the Cross of Jesus ~ and our crosses too!

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross ~ September 14, 2014  Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their […]

A prayer for Labor Day ~ 2018

LABOR DAY 2018 As we pause this weekend for the last holiday of the summer, may we reflect on the gift of work. And so, I invite you to pray with me . . . . Good and gracious God, you told us from the very beginning that we would earn our bread by the sweat […]

Are you helping to Re-birth America?

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. Have you ever read it?  (I offered you an image of it last Friday as it was emblazoned on the wall that […]

The Feast of Corpus Christi ~ Bread-broken and Blood-poured out for you and me!

The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christ) Sunday, June 3, 2018 Dear Friends, Today is our Roman Catholic Feast of Corpus Christi in which pause to appreciate and give thanks for the wonderful gift of the holy Eucharist. I’d like to reflect for a moment on what we Catholics believe this […]

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

The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity ~ Sunday May 27, 2018 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 I one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible […]

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 […]