• Pleasant Surprise

    It’s nice when things turn out so much better than anticipated – and when you try to view life through a faith-filled lens, you really do see God’s hand in what is happening around you.  It’s not easy to do.  We get so caught up in the details of our created, secular world, that at times we let our frustration with all of that consume our thoughts.  This week was a pleasant surprise for me.  It was the week of our summer religious education program at my parish.  I had some concerns about changes I wanted to implement and reactions that might not be very favorable.  I was anticipating a…

  • 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…

  • Thought for the day? The Trinity.

    The Diocese of Pittsburgh launched a brief commentary on social media this morning.  It features our pastor here at Saint Kilian parish, Fr. Charles Bober.  In the video, he speaks succinctly on the mystery of the most Holy Trinity and allows the eye of the person behind the camera to wander just a tad and take in the gorgeous view of the stained glass windows of our very new church.  Follow the link to have a listen. Click HERE –>  Father Bober on the Trinity.

  • Mary, Mother of the Church

    Today is the very first celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of the Church. This memorial, added to the calendar just a few months ago by Pope Francis, is to be celebrated on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday. You can read briefly about it on the Relevant Radio website – I will spare you having to read me going on and on about it. But I can’t help but find this so timely and appropriate for our 33 Days to Morning Glory group. If you have the Relevant Radio app — go to “Shows on Demand” in the menu – pick “In Conversation with God”, and give a listen…

  • Pentecost

    Today is Pentecost Sunday.  Prior to His Ascension, Christ promised His Apostles that He would remain with them always, and send to them a Paraclete, the Holy Spirit.  On Pentecost Sunday, we remember the descent of the Spirit on those Holy Apostles, gathered in the Upper Room, as they were filled with grace and truth.  Christ’s promise is extended to us as well.  When we are open to the grace of God, the Holy Spirit dwells within our soul and remains with us, sanctifying us, strengthening us, directing us, and blessing us.  Pray for the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  Cooperate with His guidance. O King of…

  • Challenge and Change: Holy Anyway!

    All of the material that I intended to upload to the website for this retreat workshop topic – the one in the title – is now available.  Under topics you’ll find “Holy Anyway“- check it out if you want to read more about the subject of dealing with the challenges that confront you in life from a proper, Christian perspective.  Each of them (the challenges that is) should be regarded as opportunities to grow in virtue and holiness.  Easy?  Probably not if we’ve let our life become inundated with prideful living and a little bit of a sense of entitlement, but as with all else, practice makes perfect.  Once we…

  • Discerning Inspiration

    How do you know when the inspiration and excitement that you feel about the possibility of doing something new (spiritual practices, prayers, pilgrimages, retreats, volunteer work, or ministry) is truly inspiration.  Real inspiration.  Inspiration of the Holy Spirit variety.  This is one of the things that I wrestle with quite often.  I feel inspired, motivated, and ready to incorporate something new into ________ (insert various object here).  But then not long after, that fire burning within seems to be non-existent or at least squelched to a great degree.  I start to wonder about my inspiration and then doubt it altogether!  I have yet to find a tried and true method…

  • Virtue & Vice Page updated!

    This website has become a labor of love … although at times, nearly impossible for me to find the time to do the work that needs to be done.  I was able to set aside the entire weekend to put in a good effort and I am so relieved to share that the page under TOOLS > VIRTUE AND VICE has finally — yes FINALLY — been updated and for now, is complete.  The TOOLS section was left for last, knowing it would be the most time consuming as I attempt to swap information from my talks and workshops to the website medium.  At this point I even wonder if…

  • Write your plans in pencil …

    And give God the eraser. April was going to be my month to whip this website into shape.  Get my documents completed and uploaded.  You know — all the little duckies in a row.  Needless to say that hasn’t happened and it doesn’t look like it will anytime soon.  Maybe May?  *sigh*  I am hopeful.  I have so many personal distractions at the moment that I feel completely scatter-brained!  But I haven’t forgotten this endeavor.  And I haven’t put aside the goals associated with it.  And I haven’t forgotten the many, many, many people who have requested access to the information from my workshops.  I promise — soon.

  • When your character is challenged.

    There inevitably will come a time when you find that your character is being challenged – perhaps by someone you know, or even someone you don’t.  For whatever reason, you’ll discover that non-truths have been said about you.  Even when these fabrications are subtle, relating to circumstances or situations in which you are involved (rather than being about you, personally), it can be quite hurtful.  Our human reaction is to defend ourselves, our loved ones, our actions, our reasoning.  When our knee-jerk reaction is to fire back, argue, or return the challenge, it’s probably best to take a step back, gather in a deep breath, and count.  To ten, twenty-five,…