One Who Descends

Jesus has a special relationship with the Jordan River. At the beginning of his ministry, he goes to the Jordan to get baptized. And then at the end of his ministry, to make his way to Jerusalem, he chooses to go from the sea of Galilee south to Jerusalem by the Jordan River. He has…

Jesus Believes In You

Arthur is a veteran who had jumped out of airplanes in the Gulf War. He had done enough jumps to produce long-term injuries in his back and legs, so that he couldn’t walk anymore without assistance. His doctors told him he would never walk again without assistance. Depressed and unable to exercise, he gained a…

One Last One

There is a farmer in California who was trying to do something that hadn’t been done before: custom shaped pumpkins. He was looking for a way to make a mold that pumpkins could grow into and form – naturally – the shape of Frankenstein, to sell for the fall and Halloween season. He tried a…

True Joy

About 7 years or so ago I was a postulant in a Franciscan community and was helping as part of a mission to a parish school in another state. I went around visiting the classrooms and talking to the kids until recess arrived. We all went outside in the good weather to the court, with…