Everyday Stewardship Reflections

Never Take Freedom for Granted

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 “Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility. By free will one shapes one’s own life. Human freedom is a force […]

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Who do you say that I am?

Do You Know Jesus?

Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew includes perhaps the most important question of all time. Jesus asks Peter, and in turn you and me, “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus wasn’t interested in hearing what everybody else was saying about him. He wanted to hear from Peter’s own mouth, “Who do YOU say that […]

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God can use detours to take you to your destiny.

The Person God Created You to Be

People ask me if being on the road so much is hard. I tell them the hard part is being away from my family. However, I also say that the time away seems to give me a greater appreciation of my family when I am at home. I take less things for granted and am more […]

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The Remedy for Spiritual ADD

The world is a very busy place. Our lives are sometimes very complicated. Everywhere we turn there are distractions. Add to all this the increasing number of people with virtually no attention span or diagnosed ADD and you have a reality where it can be quite hard to stay focused and committed to any task […]

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Cleveland, King James, and Belonging

In the past two years, I have given several talks in the Cleveland area at the request of the Diocese. Each time I spoke, it was about growing a more engaged parish community and the value of cultivating a sense of belonging. I would begin each talk by playing the following Nike ad featuring Lebron […]

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On a Lawnmower for Love

There once lived a man named Alvin Straight. He lived in Iowa and his brother Henry lived in Wisconsin. Alvin loved his brother. In 1994, at the age of eighty, Henry had a stroke. Alvin, in his late seventies himself, could not imagine not being there for the brother he loved, but he had no driver’s […]

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Where is the Happiest Place on Earth?

Have you ever been to Disneyland or Disney World? Disney is quite an amazing operation. What they do to make your visit as memorable as possible is perhaps the most amazing. The great sense of hospitality, the cleanliness of the park, and the attention to detail are ways they try to make you feel that […]

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No Longer I

It is interesting the number of high school juniors and seniors that start getting involved in many school clubs, civic organizations, and even church activities. Don’t get me wrong. The work they do is often greatly needed in the communities in which they spend their time and give of their talent. And I get it, […]

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Embodied Mercy

In Matthew chapters 5-7 Jesus delivers the greatest sermon the world has ever known. Christians should read these three chapters frequently.  In fact, we would do well to memorize them. But these chapters (also known as The Sermon on the Mount) can make us squirm a bit. Jesus says counter-cultural things like, “[I]f anyone would […]

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Stewardship: Not a Passing Trend

There have been many times in the Church where we as Catholics latch on to trends and movements, attracted by a new concept or idea of how we should practice our faith. I think back to the 1970’s, where art and environment seemed to explode into so many different directions. We were trying out new […]

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Mama Irene

My wife is always posting on social media about children who have been adopted or children who are seeking to be adopted. My wife was adopted. This fuels her desire for every child to have a family to call their own. We have friends that have welcomed new members into their family by adoption. It’s […]

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