Friday, February 26, 2021

Parent – Child Relationships Are Complicated but Loving!


There is not a parent I know of who would not be devastated if they lost a child prior to dying themselves.  When our son was diagnosed with stomach cancer, it was touch and go, especially in those first few months due to the aggressive nature of the disease.  My wife, Candi, and I were not only in daily telephone contact but we took the hour-and-half drive several times to be with him, especially the day of his surgery and while he was in the hospital afterwards.  We wanted to make sure our only son was okay.  Now in his fifth year of recovery, he is doing well and has had no more incidents leading to a reoccurrence.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Lent’s Personal Reflection Can Help Us Find Who We Really Are!

Someone asked me the other day if Covid-19 has changed me, especially since the freedoms I once enjoyed have taken a back seat to quarantining, social distancing and wearing masks.  My immediate answer was an off-handed one in which I said, “probably, but it has been too long so I don’t remember.”  Looking back on this flippant response, it caused me to start looking into actual changes that have happened during this past year and where it is leading me.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Presence Is Our “Touch” Today!


St. Mark’s Gospel story and the Book of Leviticus today are about Touch.  The touch denied a person accused of having a skin disease called leprosy in ancient times and the touch of Jesus, the son of God, in healing a man so accused.  The leper is cured and can be reunited with humanity.  Jesus is considered tainted and must leave humanity to spread the word of God and heal those in need.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Healing in Our Struggles Requires A Prayerful Faith

My daily prayers for the last 20 years have centered on care, comfort and healing.  Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of those who are in need for a multitude of reasons.  Since the pandemic, the significance of peoples’ struggles is more pronounced than ever.  It is because of this, I believe our need to rely on prayer for what God calls us to do in service to others is paramount for healing to happen.