Does God Speak through Our Desires?

“May He give you your heart’s desire” (Psalm 20:5) In my attempt to stay in shape during this cold and snowy New England winter I’ve retreated to the treadmill, mostly because I don’t like being out in the cold.  Truthfully, I find the treadmill extremely boring, so I’ve loaded my iPhone with some good talks […]

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The Blessing of Cancer???

In this vlog I speak with Pam Fontaine, a chemistry teacher at La Salle Academy (the school where I serve as chaplain).  She shares how she came to see her bout with cancer as a blessing in her life.  She is an inspiration to me.  I know you, too, will be inspired by her. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGggVsww_e8] […]

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The Essence of Prayer

I love you with my heart.  I seek you with my heart. After Christmas, I spent a couple of days on quiet retreat.  One evening, as I sat in silence before the Eucharist, I found myself praying these words to Jesus: (Breathing in) I love you with my heart; (breathing out) I seek you with […]

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Jesus and a Two-Dollar Bill

A couple of days before Christmas I went to my favorite breakfast spot, Cal’s.  It’s one of those great local restaurants where everybody knows your name.  The owners, Rich and Gina, are a wonderful married couple who always greet you with a smile and a joyful “good morning.” I sat down at the breakfast bar […]

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Overcoming Fear

What are you afraid of? We all have fears.  Fear of the future.  Fear of rejection.  Fear of being vulnerable.  Fear of failure.  Some of us live in a constant state of fear.  It’s no wonder then that the most frequent words in the Bible are, “Do not be afraid.” “Do not be afraid.”  These […]

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Climbing the Mountain

“Moving on from there Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.  Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them” (Matthew 15:29-30) Was Jesus being insensitive?  […]

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The Power of Positive Living

Have you ever had the experience of hearing someone say something and it’s as if you received a revelation?  That recently happened to me.  I was having a conversation with someone and he said, “You can’t think your way into a new way of living; but you can live your way into a new way […]

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Stillness

Lately I’ve had a desire for deeper stillness in my soul, a desire to live in the present moment, a desire to be present to God’s presence within me.  I wrote this poem as a meditation on the stillness in Christ’s soul—His resting in the Father—from the Incarnation, through His life, passion, death, and resurrection, […]

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The Saints: Teachers of Authentic Happiness

This is a video of my homily from All Saints Day at La Salle Academy, the high school where I am blessed to serve as chaplain.  The Mass was celebrated in the gymnasium.  It’s such a great feeling to be able to preach to over 1400 teenagers!  Thanks to my campus ministry colleague, Ms. Maggie […]

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Sunset

The tinge of auburn which remains From the evening sunset Glows gently through the thin clouds, As if You have taken the painter’s brush And gently stroked the horizon. The evening breeze blows Gently on my face. As I gaze toward the west: Peace, gentleness, love In the beginning You spoke And creation came to […]

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Unanswered Prayer?

“Why doesn’t God answer my prayer?”  Let’s be honest: most of us have probably had this thought; many of us have probably even expressed it vocally.  Why are there times when it seems that God is distant, that He just doesn’t seem to hear my request, that He doesn’t answer?  Well, the truth is that […]

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How to Deal with Disappointment

On Monday evening, our priest-seminarian basketball team played its first game against St. Patrick Academy students and alumni.  It was a great event and quite an intense matchup.  Both teams fought to the finish, with the “Padres” (that would be us) prevailing by one point. Although I missed many more shots than I made, I […]

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Of Hugs and Broken Bottles

It was a precious moment gone awry.  A few weeks ago I was at my parent’s house for a big Sunday dinner and birthday cake for my oldest sister, Debbie.  My mom called me as I was on my way home and asked me to stop at the liquor store to buy a couple of […]

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