Crossover Blog on the Eucharist

One of my young fiddle students told me how to navigate crossover episodes. It is pretty fun, you watch a TV episode of The Flash, it then continues on Arrow and finishes on Legends of Tomorrow. So this is my lame attempt at a crossover blog from Dane’s post on A Case for Eucharist Piety. Of course I am doing this months later, instead of coordinating and syncing up the following week.  Also, the transition from his blog is rather weak and nowhere close to seamless. So the good news is, you can start reading this now, you won’t be at all lost. Well, scratch that. You may already be lost after reading this lousy introduction. I promise it gets better though!  Continue reading “Crossover Blog on the Eucharist”

Go! Listen to your Mother

On the morning of June 21, 2014 I headed up to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kansas City, KS. The statue of Our Lady of Fatima was touring the U.S. and I went to the Mass and the talk on Fatima afterwards. That morning I was blessed with a sublime spiritual moment from our Blessed Mother that continues to impact me every single day of my life. And it just so happens that Sacred Heart is hosting the statue with Mass, Adoration, and a talk this Friday, May 5. My advice, adjust your schedule for Mary and go! (Click here for the schedule)
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Seasons Past

As we look back onto the Lenten season, one of the aspects of our faith that was pulled off the trophy rack for its annual dusting was fasting and abstinence. Today many of us grumble at the one Wednesday and seven Fridays the Church requires us to fast and abstain a year. For some it is such a foreign concept, that it takes one or two Fridays into Lent to remember the routine. This usually is pictured in the accidental eating of hamburger pizza at the monthly staff birthday party or leftover chicken noodle soup. There was a time in the Church when fasting was a year-round practice. As Dan and Justin commented in one of their recent podcast, each Friday is a day of penance by obligation and prior to a few changes following the Second Vatican Council, was a binding day of abstinence as well. This was such common practice that it is allegedly the reason McDonald’s started offering the Filet-O-Fish menu item in 1962, to bring back the Catholic market share each Friday.
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Redefining Success

How do you measure success on a daily basis? What gives you that feeling that it has been a good day? I judge how successful each day is by thinking of what I set out to do versus what I get done. If I do everything on my list and then some, I call it a pretty awesome day. Even if I am close to getting everything done it is still a good day. But if things derail, then I remove the good label and replace it with lousy or terrible, a day best forgotten. Recently, I encountered Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. I discovered in that encounter that my yardstick is all wrong, I need to redefine success. Continue reading “Redefining Success”

A Prayer for Reason

Several years ago as a project in the Cub Scouts my son and I built a bird house together. After the joy of sharing that experience with him, we celebrated our success by hanging the little home just off our back deck. A little home, next to our big home. An opportunity for us to further appreciate and observe those creatures that share our space in the world.  We soon added several feeders and other items to make our back yard green space an open invitation to nature.

Not long thereafter a family of Cardinals nested in our back yard. How perfect I thought, as we are originally from Illinois, which carries the Cardinal as its state bird. A natural fit. It wasn’t long after taking in our “new neighbors” that I learned something I had never known about Cardinals – the males, by nature, are very territorial. When they find another male poking around the nest, they attack the other bird by charging at it.

As reckless bravery goes, what I also learned is that these birds don’t come naturally with overly developed brains either. A Cardinal need merely only think it’s nest is being threatened for it to attack, and such a deception comes quite easily with a modern reflective window. Because our friend and neighbor, the male Cardinal, after perching himself on occasion a top our deck to hunt and survey the world that is our shared back yard, noticed himself in the reflection of our full length deck window. Which of course he then, without reservation, charged intently and mercilessly right into the glass.

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