Dear Struggling Marriages

In my work preparing couples for marriage, I have had to account for the unexpected implosion of a marriage where I was once part of the preparation. Sometimes I hear about the troubles first hand, other times when I see one of them meeting with the Nullity Minister. It saddens me every time when thoseContinue reading “Dear Struggling Marriages”

Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry

These five little unassuming words by St. Pio of Pietrelcina, (Padre Pio), are as simple as they are powerful! Pray– God is waiting there beside you, closer than the very air you breathe. Speak, but learn to listen. Ask, but don’t be afraid to act. Trust and surrender, God is in control. Hope-A light atContinue reading “Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry”

Where You Are Not, We Have Naught

Kind of rhym-mie isn’t it? It is part of the “Come Holy Spirit Sequence” said each year on Pentecost. It sounds wonderful and mysterious in Latin, Veni, Sancte Spiritus. The rest of this particular sequence is this: “Where you are not, we have naught, nothing good in deed or thought, nothing free from taint ofContinue reading “Where You Are Not, We Have Naught”

Love Creates

At least one hundred times or more I’ve said, “We are created by Love for love.” While I would love to take credit for such a simple yet profound statement I would be lying and taking credit for someone else’s inspiration. Caryll Houselander, a deceased ¬†British mystic and poet writes this, “The meaning of CreationContinue reading “Love Creates”

Everything New

Driving down the road yesterday I couldn’t help but notice the brilliance of the colors as they exploded in the morning sunlight. The San Diego Reds were on fire, the Palo Verde burst forth green and yellow buds, even the normally dull grey mountains seemed to stretch forth towards the heavens. Everything seemed lighter, moreContinue reading “Everything New”

A Misunderstanding

It has happened to all of us…more than once. More times than I can calculate. We think we are helping, but sometimes we are not…and a big ‘ol ugly mess ensues. Hurt feelings, lost tempers, words that cannot be taken back. They are out there in the oxygen floating around and the more they areContinue reading “A Misunderstanding”