Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, “Why Gratitude Is Good.” Check out his introduction to why being grateful is one of the first stets on the road to happiness: (Click here for the complete article and […]
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This week’s gospel finds Jesus teaching us with a parable that some scholars call the Parable of the Persistent Widow. It starts this way: “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was not a judge who […]
Mother, help our faith! Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize his voice and call. Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise. Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith. […]
It has been quite a year for the name Francis. Jorge Mario Bergoglio put the spotlight on the “poor little man” from Assisi when he became the first man elected pope to choose the name Francis. Today is St. Francis’ feast day and where better to learn about him than on the website of the […]
“I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!” he said, speaking off the cuff in his native Spanish. “I want to see the […]
In my homily on the love letter from St. Paul, I mentioned a BBQ sauce recipe contained in a 50+ year old letter from Val to her sister Pearl. I promised to post the recipe so here it is for your dinning enjoyment. One interesting thing about how letters and things can change. I have […]
I never really remember my parents talking about ‘quality time’. This little piece of modern-day jargon masquerading it seems to me as wisdom was the creation of my generation. It came about as we started to over schedule our lives to such an extent; we thought it would be a good idea to pencil in […]
Posted in Big Questions, Reflections from the Pulpit - Wandering with Deacon Mike, Stuff for Wandering on Jun 22nd, 2013
I find myself at a conference. In my previous business life this would not be anything out of the ordinary. In fact I spent the last 10 years of my carrer organizing large and expensive gatherings for folks selling large and expensive computers to customers with large budgets and expensive tastes. I find myself referencing […]
My friend Bill Radigan is a fellow deacon who has chosen to walk with those touch by crime as part of the Friends of Dismas ministry. Below is a homily he recently preached that focuses on a number of interactions he has had with folks on the margins of our society. It speaks to the […]
For more letters take a jog over to Fr. Philip Chircop site by clicking here. Stay a while why your there as he has a way with words and images that make for a refreshing stop on the road.
I have a story that you may not believe for I have no witnesses to back me up. I dropped my friend Harry off at his home and was driving by the scenic steel plant in Hamilton Ontario. The radio was on, and the announcer burst out with the words we have White Smoke. What […]
One of the things that I love doing as a deacon is marry young people. Rule number 1 in the Wedding Presides handbook is never lose control of the “vows” – if you do then all ”heck” can break out.
Over the next few weeks, I want to share a few posts from “uber” blogger Leo Babauta. I am at the point where I need to start over on my New year’s resolutions. This means it is time to visit Leo on his blog- Zen Habits. This is a place I go from time to […]
This video is a bit on the long side at 16 minutes and might be viewed by some as edgy but young John Styn makes a great point which is that life is about gratitude the realization that each of us can make a difference. What also impressed me about the video is how John […]