Shalom

Today is the World Day of Peace. What is peace? There’s the peace sign and the lack of war and fighting. I see peace salutations in emails from people sometimes. We have a part of the Mass where we give everyone a sign of peace. What is peace? For the Israelites, having a first-born son…

Keep Showing Up

Sixteen in a row. That’s how long the winning streak lasted for the Boston Celtics back in October and November. It is the longest in professional basketball this season, and one of the longest in its history. So, obviously, it was not expected, but even more so because the Boston Celtics were not even expected…

Fulfillment

A few weeks ago, I watched a movie about a woman who suddenly was faced with a crisis. She had a successful career and a great marriage when she found out that her husband decided to divorce her. He had been having an affair for a number of years. He also got the house and…

The Meaning of Christmas

Today, I went to visit one of the classrooms at the school here in Chontal, the 5th and 6th graders who share a single classroom. The teacher had invited me to come by and visit last week, and now seemed to be a good time. I didn’t know what I would do there, though all…

Be Ready to Rise

There you are, in the great valley in the middle of the Andes Mountains in the center of what is now Ecuador, right in the middle of the entire planet. You are one of the Quitos, and it is the year 500. You rise early in the morning to catch the sunrise, which always happens…