Even though I’m awake I keep my eyes purposely shut. I listen. That’s a lie. I stick my well endowed nose in the air and take a deep sniff. God formed me and breathed into my nostrils the breath<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-38I" data-link="(I)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; text-align: start; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> of life. I’m trying to figure […]


I love ritual. Obsessed might be a better word to describe my predilection to a ritualistic life. I should have become a nun but I also had a predilection for this one special guy. What can you do? This is the way God made me. I start my day with a coffee ritual because I […]

“A mother’s arms are strong when her child is in danger.” (Dream, Sr. Prejean, Dead Man Walking) I’m covering classes for a co-worker for the next few weeks and therefore I am exposed to a whole new curriculum. One of my adopted classes is studying the dignity of life. They are reading articles, watching movies, […]


I’ve done a lot of cleaning in my days and the interesting thing about this is how focused I remain on the parts that are difficult to scrub. The old stains on the carpet, the persistent scum in the corners of the shower, or the stubborn crust that remains on the edge of a Pyrex dish.  I have […]


Every now and then life captivates you in a way you don’t expect, changing not only your primary relationships, but the way you view the world. Like an ineffable mystical experience, I found this one difficult to describe. It happened just yesterday and I will attempt to justify the experience with mere words. I’ve been […]

Knocking on the door of life, in the middle of an excruciating death, is the Lenten journey I willingly took on. I had to fight my own community the first few weeks, but after fourteen days in the desert sun, I went to battle with myself. I’m using Lent as a portal to the life […]

It ends up the little things, those fleeting moments, aren’t so little after all? Sometimes I miss the significance of a small moment. I’m all wrapped up in my own concerns and completely miss the message being communicated. It has happened before, it will happen again, I even coach my future self to be on […]

“What are your thoughts on heaven and hell?” I get asked this question a lot, mostly because I teach religion, not so much because I’m known for my wisdom. I would either regurgitate the thoughts of some theologian du jour, summarize a remnant of catechesis from graduate school, theorize on current biblical scholarship, and likely […]