Suggestions for Lenten Prayer, Fasting, and Alms-Giving

This article was originally published on as an answer to the question “How can I observe Lent this year.” Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving in preparation for the passion and resurrection of Christ. So, when we think of how to observe Lent, we should think of how to best prepare ourselves…

An Easter Sunday Reflection

Published in WERE OUR HEARTS NOT BURNING WITHIN US? Lenten Book of Reflections for the Church of St. Catherine of Siena in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

Why the Holidays Are Happy

Every year in December, people of the Jewish faith all over the world celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of light. During these eight blessed days they remember the glorious miracle of the Menorah at the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. The Menorah remained lit for eight days with only one day’s supply of oil. On December 25,…

Reflecting on ‘Fides et Ratio’

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth.”

A Comforting Crown

It was a particularly difficult night in 2014. I was suffering emotionally, distraught, helpless. Trying to organize the tornado of thoughts and feelings reeling through my mind, I prayed. I prayed that I may offer up my suffering for all those who care for me … physically, emotionally and spiritually. I held my Franciscan crown…