“Keeping First Things First”

Originally Posted August 24, 2021 I think most of us need goals to challenge us and keep us moving in a good direction. When you’re younger the goals may be to finish school, to get that job and that promotion, to find a spouse. As you age, the goals tend to change… to raising a … Continue reading “Keeping First Things First”

Pay Forward The Kindness We’ve Received”

I’ve always enjoyed reading the book of Tobit where the archangel Raphael, in the disguise of a man, accompanies and saves Tobias from terrible danger. Raphael is powerful, kind, humble and works behind the scene. He is a true friend. Who has been my “Raphael” over my lifetime? As I look back over my past … Continue reading Pay Forward The Kindness We’ve Received”

Happy Birthday Bird

Many years ago my wife Judy looked at me and said “you know, you’re a real “Bird”. Woe !!!  She quickly explained that her dad tended to call people “bird” if they were a bit eccentric. Hmmmmm.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to make of this new term, so I responded how any other brilliant … Continue reading Happy Birthday Bird

Consult Not Your Fears

Today is the feast day of Pope St. John XXIII, sometimes called “the Good Pope”. He was to be a “caretaker pope”, holding things together until the church could elect a younger and healthier man. When he surprisingly initiated Vatican II, he prayed, “Oh Lord, renew Your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost. Shortly … Continue reading Consult Not Your Fears

Thank God For Friends

I was with a group of “friends” today, talking about “friendship”. It’s a subject we’ve been talking about since we were little kids. In kindergarten we would hear “Who’s your friend Tommy?”. Later we hear, so  Lulu who is your  BFF” (For you old people BFF means “best friend forever”)  Judy asked one of our grandsons, who had … Continue reading Thank God For Friends

Laying Down Your Life

When times are difficult we especially need examples of great leadership; we need examples of great love. Jesus tells us that “ greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.(John 15:13) These acts of great love can help us to rise up ourselves and love greatly. … Continue reading Laying Down Your Life