Gathered as one flock in peace

After Jesus takes a trip across the lake he finds many people waiting for him and his disciples. Mark tells us, “His heart was moved with pity … Read More

Companions needed on the journey

A parish I know is home to several support groups. Anna facilitated one that had been set up for unemployed workers. Every Tuesday afternoon, she and several … Read More

Reflect on the degree of your faith

There are certain passages in literature, in political discourse, in sacred Scripture that merit our loving attention. These words express a wisdom that nourishes our hungry souls. … Read More

Jesus continues to heal those in need

Healthcare. It’s all over the news. Even as I write these words the public debate continues regarding how we as a country can best serve those in … Read More

John’s name captures his lifework

When people see a newborn for the first time it is almost inevitable that there is a lot of “oohing” and “aahing.” This week the church interrupts … Read More

Trust that the seed will sprout

Sr. Sophie had been Claire’s high school literature teacher so it was only logical that she would be one of the first people Claire would call to … Read More

We are free to love or not to love

When a book sells more than 12 million copies and has been translated into 24 languages, chances are it merits our time and attention. The book is … Read More

Preparing a place for Jesus

“Go into the city and a man will meet you, carrying a jar of water.” That’s all. We’re told nothing more about this man. Apparently, his work … Read More

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