Spiritual

Spiritual thoughts from everyday life

Jesus being tempted in the wilderness

Jesus was led by the Spirit

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts and the angels ministered to him. Mark 1:12 When the priest proclaims, “The gospel of the Lord,” there are certain scriptures that I find it hard to respond to withContinue reading “Jesus was led by the Spirit”

Serenity in Battle

I LOVE this image of St. Joseph. He looks like he’s just out for a nice stroll in the woods, maybe getting some firewood and collecting flowers. And while he’s out walking and collecting, oh, yeah, he slays the devil. St. Joseph doesn’t show any sign of fear, repulsion, or anger at the beast belowContinue reading “Serenity in Battle”

Saturday, Glorious

Today is Saturday. I was worried and decided to pray the rosary. The first Glorious Mystery, the Resurrection, told me not to worry. We will not be on this cross forever.The second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension, told me not to worry. We will rise again with him.The third Glorious Mystery, the descent of the HolyContinue reading “Saturday, Glorious”

The good you do

Even the mistakes you make when serving the Lord are beautiful and edifying. One morning last week, I met my cousin for coffee to talk about the way of the world and spiritual things. I have always admired his fortitude in walking with the Lord. He spent years devoted to prayer. He goes to aContinue reading “The good you do”

Returning Home

When I was a kid, my grandparents lived in a small two-bedroom house on a farm, seemingly miles away from the closest neighbor. They had a dog, a black mutt that had a white stripe around the top of his neck that looked like a permanent collar. His name was Major. When we went fishing,Continue reading “Returning Home”

Your vote matters every day, not just once every four years

We may feel defeated now that Trump, who many of us saw as a sort of temporal Katechon holding back the evils of a new world order, has apparently been cheated out of the election. America and the world lost a great opportunity. Under Trump, the United States could have “more gently and organically [become],Continue reading “Your vote matters every day, not just once every four years”

Seeing Red

Red, my anger.Red, the three stripes of the enemy. Red, Republican red.Red, the color of financial ruin.The red army, waiting around the corner-Pharisees wringing handsdrunk on entrapment. Did I say something wrong?Did I dare offend the malformed consciences?The diseased minds of the do-good pavers–those who raise hell just to make the path to it smoother?DidContinue reading “Seeing Red”

The Balance of Your Day

9/27/2020 This morning I was not in the mood for church. A long list of excuses presented itself as to why I shouldn’t go. The usual Covid-era excuses: I hadn’t registered for Mass. I was going to a new church where I didn’t know anyone. And I would be forced to wear a mask. IContinue reading “The Balance of Your Day”

An Osage Orange Surprise

This morning, I was cutting down some trees that had grown up next to the old farm house. I didn’t pay much attention to what I was cutting. There were some thorns, but I assumed they were just from a wild bush that had grown up around the trees. When I cut one of theContinue reading “An Osage Orange Surprise”

He Rules with an Iron Rod!

Iron Rod In adoration tonight, I was meditating–Lectio Divina–on a scripture from Revelations. I did not want to meditate on this particular scripture because it’s not one that I felt comfortable with, as is the case with the entire book of Revelations: “He would rule with an iron rod.” It sounds too cruel for a lovingContinue reading “He Rules with an Iron Rod!”

A walk with God

When I walk my dog, he likes to stop and smell everything. It’s really frustrating and slow going. I mean, he’ll stop and smell another dog’s turd, for Pete’s sake. Sometimes, I have to pull him away from it for fear he’ll ingest it. Today, on our walk, I got to thinking that maybe GodContinue reading “A walk with God”

Dump trucks driven by angels

Recently, in what seemed like a fruitless quest to find something good to watch on Netflix, I came across a show called Hoarders. It’s one of those shows that involves a psychologist who attempts to help people make a full recovery from a life-long illness in two days. Aside from that foolishness, it is anContinue reading “Dump trucks driven by angels”

The Treachery of Writing?

I heard Peter Kreeft say that writing by its very nature is selfish. He made the observation, which I’ve made many times before, that Jesus wrote nothing. (And I would add Buddha to the list of sages who also wrote nothing). Writing can be not only selfish but at times it can be downright harmful. In fact, writing’s origins lie in keepingContinue reading “The Treachery of Writing?”

Our liberal education system creates poor soil where our kids can’t flourish

In February, when Covid19 began making its way across America, I decided to get back into gardening. I hadn’t had a garden in several years and figured this would be a great opportunity. After all, I would have plenty of time. From watching a few YouTube videos, I learned an easy, no-til method for creatingContinue reading “Our liberal education system creates poor soil where our kids can’t flourish”

Love is the outer shell…

Love is the outer shell and the inner core. But what is love? We know it has been described, but it’s essence has not been captured. Love is patient, love is kind, love is..but what IS love? A thing? An emotion? Or is love a being? God is love. Is that just a metaphor? OrContinue reading “Love is the outer shell…”

Prayer and the will

I’ve often wondered what the deal is with prayer. Does God really need me to tell him that something bad is going on somewhere and he needs to fix it? For instance, last night I prayed for China. I want the Chinese communist party to fall and to fade quietly into history. Why does GodContinue reading “Prayer and the will”

No Taste for the Corruptible

No Taste for the Corruptible I often used to wonder how the genealogy of Jesus really made any difference because it traces his lineage through Joseph who, as we know, had nothing to do with the conception of Jesus. Mary was a virgin. She was impregnated by the Holy Spirit not by Joseph. Someone onceContinue reading “No Taste for the Corruptible”

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