From Plague to Plague

Four hundred and fifty years ago, the great reformer, Charles Borromeo, had to face a horrible plague that spread to Milan, where he served as archbishop.  Sometimes known as the Plague of Pestilence, it crippled the economy, devastated the food supply, brought sickness to half the citizens, and killed nearly twenty percent of the population, […]

A May Like No Other

Most of our Mays are marked by national events from the Kentucky Derby to Indy-500, international events from May Day to Cinco de Mayo, school events from proms to graduations, cultural events from May poles to May baskets, societal events from Mother’s Day to Memorial Day, sporting events from winding down the NBA to revving […]

Going Hope

The drive on 210 Highway from my residence in Kansas City’s northland to the places of my youth winds along the north side of the Missouri River.  Once I pass by Pig’s Landing and Jackass Bend, I know that home is not far away.  The pathway invariably conjures nostalgic thoughts in my brain and spirit.  […]

A Post-Corona Outlook

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence…”  These words from Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata would be worthy ones to take with us as we slowly and cautiously emerge from our days of confinement this month. Some will emerge twenty-five pounds lighter and in better health; some […]

Searching For Signs

Perhaps it is simply human nature to look for otherworldly signs to verify that the Lord travels with us along our earthen pilgrimage.  For example, we wonder if the coronavirus isolation ban will be lifted on or near the Feast of Saint Corona (May 14).  We wonder how “quarantine,” deriving from Latin and meaning “forty” […]

Daily Prayer

During this isolation timespan, my communications team urged me to offer brief daily in-home retreat messages.  After a couple of weeks of airing short videos and spiritual exercise ideas, some viewers asked me to share a summary of my own daily prayer.  Reluctantly, I will.  Yet, I caution you to realize that, while we can […]

40-Day Passion

Sometimes we enter into passions of our own choosing and sometimes passions we don’t choose enter into us.  As we approach Passion Sunday, we can look back on Lent with the realization that, on many levels, it will not end next week as our liturgical schedule dictates.  COVID-19 has overtaken all calendars of our economy, […]

We Might As Well Retreat

Soon after coming to Saint Charles, I was encouraged to create a blog to promote spirituality (and events) with some of the people I met during my three decades of priesthood and keep you abreast of how we are progressing through adversities and struggles with your support to revitalize the parish.  All of my previous […]

Saint Corona

What are the chances that the Catholic Church would have a saint named Corona and that she happens to be the patron saint of pandemics?  Even stranger, her mortal remains lie in the Basilica of Anzu, in northern Italy, near the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe earlier this year.  Some might rush to […]

Corona-Lent

This was supposed to be the year of perfect, 20/20, vision in which we gain incredible spiritual insight into God working in our lives.  Instead, we get COVID-19, the coronavirus.  Ironically, it is forcing many of us to treat Lent in the way that spiritualists have urged us to do for years. Among their urgings […]