Lessons about God from a tree

There is a tree at the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago that stands right on the shore close to large boulders. The tree has a special … Read More

Find peace through forgiveness

“Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them … whose sins you retain are retained.” Donna had been violated and she couldn’t forget; no, she wouldn’t forget. She … Read More

Good suggestions from Pope Francis

On March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, Pope Francis issued an apostolic exhortation entitled Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), a letter dealing with the … Read More

Understanding the word ‘love’

We hear it so often that we hardly even notice it any more. “Love one another.” OK, but with the exception of an occasional office romance we … Read More

Dependence is a sign of growth

In this week’s Gospel, Jesus describes his relationship to his disciples through the image of the vine and the branches. Our connection with Jesus is as close … Read More

Mothers reflect God’s love for us

“Beloved, we are God’s children now.” When we hear these words proclaimed just three weeks before Mother’s Day we might want to take a minute to think … Read More

Be an instrument of God’s peace

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89), a Jesuit priest-poet, was one of the great religious poets of the 19th century. In his poem “Peace,” he wrote: “piecemeal peace is … Read More

Bring peace to those who doubt

How are we to live as Christians in a post-Easter world? One possible answer can be found in the Book of Acts where we read that “[T]he … Read More

We too are called to be consolers

In his “Spiritual Exercises” St. Ignatius Loyola gives two bits of advice to the retreatant when the time comes for contemplating the resurrection. One should “be glad … Read More

Choose to stay or walk away

It seems that every few days another high level political figure leaves the White House. People on one side of the political aisle refuse to approve anything … Read More