• Join Us on a Journey

    It’s hard to believe that Lent is almost upon us. Your inbox has probably been bombarded with invitations to join up with some sort of virtual retreat being offered by big publishers or famous personalities. These are great – but have you considered the possibility of walking through Lent with the Retreat Center at Saint Paul of the Cross Monastery on the South Side Slopes of Pittsburgh? If Lent is about letting go of our attachments and scaling back, making sacrifices, almsgiving, and love of neighbor, why not support our neighbors by joining their first simple, online, virtual retreat, put together by a handful of the monastery priests, employees, and…

  • Out goes 2020| In with 2021

    Happy New Year! Or at least, let us hope it will be a happy one; some might even claim that this new year certainly couldn’t be worse than the one we are leaving behind — but I won’t say that and tempt fate. That’s not to say that 2020 didn’t have it’s share of happy moments. On my end those happy moments included the birth of another grandchild, a marriage, and an engagement (all credited to my daughters!) – but there certainly have been a number of struggles for most of us during this past year as well. The struggles of 2020 necessitated some re-prioritization of where my time and…

  • Pandemic Pondering

    Who would have thought, just a few weeks ago, that we’d be where we are today, schools and businesses closed, students at home, social distancing, bickering on social media and message boards over the ‘crimes’ of our politicians and the parents who can’t seem to keep their kids at home.  For me, personally, I am hoping that this is an opportunity to be attentive to some things that have been neglected in the recent months.  Allow me to entertain you by naming a few. This blog and website:  I keep promising to blog more, to update faster, to add more – yet I continually get caught up in all that…

  • Sleep.

    I haven’t been sleeping well over the past few days — perhaps week.  There’s a connection, I am certain, to feeling off my game – distracted – worried – and derailed.  The irony is that I know (based on much experience) that when I am on my game and keeping life (and it’s challenges) all in the proper perspective – when I prioritize correctly – everything else, including sleep, falls into place.  Knowing and doing, however, are two completely different things.  Therein lies the challenge.  I have to wonder and thus ask, why is it so difficult to just keep everything on track?  Is it a reminder (a ‘humbler’, if…

  • 33 Days

    I needed to take just a moment to congratulate the wonderful group of people who made their consecration to our Blessed Mother last night at the completion of the 33 Days to Morning Glory Parish Group Retreat.  I was so blessed to get to know these people over the last six weeks, to hear their thoughts, their trials and triumphs, their insights, and their experiences along the way.  It was definitely an adventure in faith that I will never forget and that will always remind me that THIS is exactly what I love doing and where I need to be.  My life is all the richer for having had this…

  • Prayer in Praise of the Trinity

    I venerate and glorify You, O most Blessed Trinity, in union with that ineffable glory with which God the Father, in His omnipotence, honors the Holy Spirit forever.   I magnify and bless You, O most Blessed Trinity, in union with that most reverent glory with which God the Son, in His ineffable wisdom, glorifies the Father and the Holy Spirit forever.   I adore and extol You, O most Blessed Trinity, in union with that most adequate and befitting glory with which the Holy Spirit, in His unchangeable goodness, extols the Father and the Son forever.  Amen.

  • I thirst.

    This week, our parish 33 Days to Morning Glory retreat group is reading through the section on Mother Teresa and unpacking the words of Christ on the Cross; “I thirst…”.  The perspective that Mother Teresa brings to these two simple words, that by themselves seem so plain, enrich our understanding of what God wills for us and the direction in which we should be heading.  I wanted to share a few things with that group, and anyone else who might be interested.  The first is a link to MOTHER’S LETTER in full (mentioned in today’s reading assignment and a bit longer than what is reproduced in the book) and also a…

  • 33 Days – #1

    Last night was the orientation meeting for the first 33 Days to Morning Glory group retreat at our parish.  I have a good feeling about this retreat.  More than a decade ago (without going into detail) I found myself in a wonderfully new and eye opening relationship with our Blessed Mother.  When I first read the book by Fr. Michael Gaitley, I found it appealing and it inspired me to acquire more knowledge about the four Marian saints he emphasizes in this work; Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Saint Pope John Paul II.  My excitement about facilitating this group retreat program at our parish…

  • Anyway

    There is an inspirational saying of Mother Teresa’s that I have hanging over my desk.  There are many days when I need to read it, contemplate it, and absorb it – and today is one.  It brings me a sense of peace and reminds me that I need to accept what comes my way with grace and keep my chin up as I forge ahead.  Enjoy. People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are…