Roses

On June 21, the first full day of summer, I visited Fellowes Riverside Gardens in Youngstown. The gardens are part of a large public park, Mill Creek Park. Every season different kinds of flowers are planted that grow well at that specific time of year. My favorite time to visit is springtime when seemingly thousands…

Pain and Suffering

Two months ago I had a shoulder replacement. For several months prior to the surgery I experienced severe pain in my right arm and shoulder. I am right-handed so the pain limited my actions. This is not the first time I experienced physical pain but this time it brought a much clearer awareness of how…

Fear and Faith

Why Are You Afraid? (Mark 4:35-41) On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”  And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.  A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat…

Who Do You Say I Am? (Mk. 8:27-30)

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”  And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”  He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”…

Hospitality

There are many women in scripture who remain unnamed, yet have significant roles to play. (Unnamed women are usually identified by the town they are from, their relationship to a man, by a deed they performed or by their physical condition.)  One of my favorite stories is the Shunammite Woman in 2 Kings. Her story…

Celebrate Who We Are as Americans

This week we are celebrating our country’s freedom.  Our founding fathers believed that we could be a unified nation that was free from outside dominance.  That belief gradually grew into a wider belief that we could be free, unified, and at the same time cooperate with other countries.  Cooperation and collaboration proved to benefit the growth of the…

The Mystery of God’s Presence

It is in the Vatican II document, Lumen Gentium, or Light of the World, that time and time again, the Church is described as mystery. Its insistence that the church is a mystery is intended to proclaim openly that we are a pilgrim church and that a pilgrim church is never complete until its pilgrimage…

Respect for Human Life

In the Catholic tradition we are taught that we are created in God’s image and likeness. That is our primary reason for valuing each life as sacred. The Catholic tradition teaches that this respect reaches from conception to natural death. A pro-life stance means that we value all lives, not just the newborn but the…

I Love You

One of the surprising stories from the Gospel of John is when Jesus asks Peter if he loves him. He asked the question not just once but three times. Each time Peter tells Jesus that he loves him, Jesus responds with, “Feed my sheep.” Just a short time before, Peter denied Jesus three times on…

The Holy Trinity

If we were in any library or bookstore, we would find many books considered to be mysteries.  The same is true if we looked through the TV Guide. Many of the TV shows are in the category of mystery. In both the books, and the TV show, we usually find the mystery to be solved…