Category Stray Thoughts

Goodbye, Tattooine

Great authors have pushed franchises too far. I think Isaac Asimov took the Foundation series too far when he added to the original trilogy and tied it to his Robot series; both Piers Anthony’s Xanth series and Terry Prachett’s Discworld told great stories for a while but lost steam by the tenth installment of their […]

A Community Examination of Conscience, updated March 2020

Community Examination of Conscience (update 2020) Lent is a time for examination of conscience, and perhaps it’s one for is as a society. I’m not talking about either an exercise in beating people up who don’t agree with me, or an infinitely expanding group hug. The root of the word “humility” comes from the Latin […]

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 […]