Category Stray Thoughts

Lent 2020

It’s been a year and a half since I lost my left leg, and a year ago I published a post to break a silence and offer some reflections on my journey. It seems a good time to update what’s going on in my life, and a lot of what I had to say a […]

Whose Yeast?

What yeast do you use? One of my hobbies was bread making, I even had a stand mixer to help with the dough, but I’ve made many, many loaves by hand. It can be a very prayerful exercise, and it’s better than almost any bread you can buy. The only problem I had was I […]


For many years, I’ve been writing original music, my doctoral dissertation was an original opera. After that, my writing was for practical use: I wrote little pieces to use as a choir director. Later on when I entered religious life, I wrote hymns and litanes for my Precious Blood community. However, my heart has always […]

Wrestling with God

The Scripture for this reflection: the Gospel from Thursday of the 29th Week of Ordinary Time (Luke 12:39-43) There are days I see the Gospel for daily Mass and wish I could substitute for it, preach around it, preach a different reading of the day, or just give a sermon on a favorite topic. The […]

An Artist’s Touch

“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 […]

Renting an Apartment

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 […]

Lent 2019

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 […]