The Word is Life

We Are Pilgrims

Who knew that the twelfth hole was going to be a killer? Throughout the Masters Tournament, the commentators were focused on young Jordan Spieth. He was the darling–the favorite—and he was way ahead of the pack. As his drive left the...

Lost and Found

Loss—everyone experiences it. Every loss has its own level of emotion. There is the trivial yet less emotional loss like that felt by the whole state of North Carolina when Kris Jenkins’s three-point shot beat the buzzer and wrested the national...

The Shadow of Doubt

It occurs to me that the wheels of society need a unique source of lubrication. The smooth running of society demands a certain level of doubt. One might think that faith, trust, and mutual respect are much better lubricants...

A Paschal Symphony!

The blurred visions of shattered glass and clearing smoke announced yet another slaughter of the innocent. I stared blankly at the wave of human fear racing from a bombed out departure lounge and struggling to climb to the surface from...

The Stones Are Crying Out!

What a mob scene it must have been that day when Jesus entered Jerusalem to the cries of “Hosanna” and “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”   It was a disturbing scene to the Pharisees. They...

No Throwing Stones!

Lenten penance nears its end and Easter joy is in sight, I find that two of my predominant emotions are anger and bewilderment. I am not very happy with the state of the world today.   Among the things I am most...

As We Forgive!

When in the world did asking for or offering forgiveness become a sign of weakness? Today the country has a leading presidential candidate who wears as a badge of honor the fact that he has never asked God for forgiveness. The country...

Kind and Merciful

Whether nor not you are a history buff, it is important for you to know that this week celebrates the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of Verdun. This battle between the advancing German army and the French...

Change of Heart?

My thoughts this week have been dominated by two powerful media events. The first event is the death of a justice of the US Supreme Court and the raging divisions the death highlighted. The second is the progress of the...

An Acceptable Time!

It seems like every time I answer the phone I get the quick query, "Is this a good time?" I have even heard the sentence (actually more than once), "I just called to set a time for a phone conversation."...