Great Feast – And Nobody Shows Up!


Today’s gospel, the great feast parable, reminds me of the time I planned a big birthday party for my son. I invited people a month ahead and gradually everyone bugged out. Only 2 elderly friends came and had cake with us. He was very disappointed. So for his Confirmation/1st Communion a couple of years later, I invited the usual people,…

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Heaven: What is it Really Like?


Is heaven a big room where an old guy with a long white beard and a young guy with holes in his hands and feet sit on thrones, surrounded by adoring angels, with a white bird hovering over their heads? And what do we do there? Do we bow in adoration and pray all day, being generally blissful? A friend…

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El Malpais, New Mexico


One of our favorite stops in New Mexico is El Malpais National Monument. Conveniently situated off of Interstate 40, El Mal is surrounded by tribal lands and the Cibola National Forest. It’s a great place to pause in the drive between Flagstaff and Albuquerque. The National Park Service has a free guide to the history and culture of the El…

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Spiritual Exercises – Week 1


This week has been an eternity and yet it has flown by. Getting up at 4 a.m. to do my holy hour has been both horrible and wonderful. Horrible – need I say why? Wonderful – I feel awe at the insights I receive in practicing the exercises. As I discover a new order for the disorder that is my…

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