Monthly Archives: January 2015

Homily: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Readings of the Day One of my favorite comics has been The Family Circus. It’s a one panel cartoon about the adventures of an ordinary family, with two parents, a dog and usually three children. That number varies when one of them gets into trouble. The mother will be asking something like, “Who put the […]


This day, January 22, is the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion on demand in the United States. I saw a tweet today noting that within 72 hours in January 1973, Nixon was re-inaugurated, LBJ died, the Paris Peace Accords ending U.S. military involvement in Vietnam were signed and Roe vs. […]

Making Music

For most of my life, music has been the first priority. It’s still a priority today, and in many ways I think of my ministry today as another way of making music. There are many wonderful things about the approach to making good music: learning the notes, even to the point of not getting them […]

Homily: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Readings of the Day How many times did you wake up your parents in one night when you were a kid? I think I got up to 5 or 6, but I was sick and probably miscounted. You’re lying in the dark, not feeling like yourself, don’t know what to do, don’t know how to […]


I recently read a year end review of crazy pastor stunts, and one Christian pastor, Ryan Bell, decided to spend 2014 without God. Recently, he’s announced that he’s going to stay without God: he’s decided God doesn’t exist. St. Thomas Aquinas said that you have to go where your conscience leads you, even if it […]

Homily: Baptism of the Lord

Readings of the Day River crossings were much more hazardous than they are now. We cross rivers and streams easily our ancestors had to struggle with. Even now, the Missouri River is a dividing line for many of us: I’ve crossed it thousands of times. If we go into the rivers now, it’s the same […]

Mission for a New Year

There’s a lot of change with a New Year. It’s an exciting time of new opportunities and adjustments. It used to be a time of getting used to writing a new number on our checks, but since they’re fewer, that will fade as a problem. Seeing where we stand at the start of the new […]