There was a religious brother who worked at a small Catholic College in a small town. It had a lovely little campus dominated by the chapel with a water tower nearby. A Brother worked there for most of his life, living in community and being a jack of all trades, fixing things, keeping things neat, […]

Readings of the Day I love baseball. The beginning of football season doesn’t impress me much, but baseball is so much more interesting. It doesn’t have a clock, so there’s always a chance things will turn around, even in the bottom of the 9th. It’s a sport I wish I had talent for: even though […]

“Why is there a jolly roger on your Mission Cross?” A friend of mine asked this question not long after I received it; I was still getting used to the symbolism of it and didn’t realize there was a small skull and crossbones toward the bottom. It was a funny question, and it’s a little […]

A couple of day ago I put this meme on my Facebook page, where it got a few likes and shares. The text: The average rent in the U.S. at the end of 2018 was $1419/month. For rent to be approximately one-quarter of income, as recommended, would require an income of $5676/month. At 40 hours […]

Scripture Readings: for Peace and Justice, Lectionary 887-890 Lately I’ve had a chance to spend more time with my great-nephew, who’ll be 8 next month. We’ve played a lot of games, and sometimes if I’m not careful, the rules tend to change in the middle of the game. It’s not quite like Calvinball from Calvin […]

“Listen my children and you shall hear/of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…” The classic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow appeared in January 1861, when the nation whose beginning it described was unravelling. It is a stirring, dramatic poem, however it is not good history. Revere never shouted “The British are coming” since everyone (including […]

A few days ago, I passed an anniversary: it’s been six months since I lost my left leg. For many weeks, I’ve debated how to tell this story in print, practicing many times in person with people of all ages. In many ways, the past few months have been a Lent for me, however I […]