10 Commandments & 7 Cardinal Sins

From Mount Sinai, Moses presented The Ten Commandments to God’s chosen people.  Such commandments, or legal formulations, were common to most nations or tribes at that time in history.  But what made Israel unique is that it believed these laws originated with God, not humans—and that made them more precious than gold. The first three […]

Cut Down The Net & Join The Dance

March Madness hits a high point in the middle of the month as conference basketball champions cut down the nets and punch their ticket to the annual NCAA Tournament.  It’s called The Big Dance because no less than sixty-five teams are invited to the court and among them is always a Cinderella underdog that rises […]

Hearts & Ashes

Though rare that Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday are the same, in this twenty-four hour period we are offered a time for lovers and given a mark for the love of God. It’s a day of hearts with a mark of ashes: a perfect time for us to locate where we have progressed on the […]

Our Cracked Bell

Ring the bells that still can ring             Forget your perfect offering             There is a crack in everything             That’s how the light gets in Those lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” remind us that we are all flawed.  The cracked Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is a lasting symbol for our nation that we, too, […]

Spring Break & Spring Retreat

Many people have never been on a retreat but could benefit from one.  I want to suggest that a spring retreat might be as valuable for you as spring break. In the upcoming Lenten Season, March 4-9, our Saint Charles Retreat House is offering a retreat for persons who are very busy and who have […]

A New Year, A New Vision

Nineteenth Century British poet, William Blake, in his piece, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, wrote: “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” Similar words were spoken by Saint John Vianney, a French priest who lived around the same time: “The eyes of the world see […]

Auld Lang Syne

Somewhere in my education, I was taught that we should always be both satisfied and dissatisfied with ourselves, i.e., we should be grateful for all that we have experienced and accomplished but, at the same time, acknowledge that we can do better. As one year ends and another begins, we are provided a perfect opportunity […]