Be A Descender

When I entered a diocesan seminary some years ago, one of the first things you got was a poster. The poster has pictures of the seminarians, plus the bishop and vocation directors. These posters are given out to parishes and pastors put them up in parishes for everyone to see. Immediately, then, you become a…

It’s God’s Job

I learned from a very wise person many years ago that there is a key to understanding the parables of Jesus. The key is this: look for something that makes no sense, something that isn’t quite right. That’s the spot to start your exploration of what the parable means. The parable of the sower is…

A Great Redeemer

When I was a child, I could walk not only around the neighborhood alone or with friends, but we could go even further and get to friends’ houses or go for bike rides and whatnot. A bunch of times I ran errands alone for my mother to stores that were about a ten-minute walk away.…

The Beautiful Shepherd

Pope Francis just opened up a new path for canonizing saints in the church, where someone is recognized for embracing death and a dead end in life for the sake of the good of others. It gets to the very core of the Christian life: being like Jesus. Some years ago I was a religious…

Trust Him And Dig

I once went to a youth group meeting in a parish, to get to know the youth and share in some of the activities. When I arrived, we broke into groups and each group got some printout sheets about a particular saint. We were also given a poster board and some markers to make some…