John 2:1-12

We’re not holding mass right now because our Priest had a stroke back in October 2018. In lieu of mass we’re holding prayer and communion services. Volunteers from outside come in to lead these services. Since we don’t have a Priest to give a homily an inmate will present a reflection on the gospel reading…

Reconnecting

Several weeks ago I read an article in a magazine describing and discussing the state of mental health in the United States. In the article experts estimated that about 80% of all Americans suffer from some sort of mental illness. Eighty percent. The article then went on to detail the different types of mental illnesses…

A New Chapter

The new year is upon us! Twenty Nineteen will be here in just a couple of days. Have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? Will you keep them? I don’t know if I believe in resolutions around the new year. Maybe because I’ve never kept any I’ve made, and when I think about it,…

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you. It’s that time of year again isn’t it? Gifts and wrapping paper and bows. Parties and family get togethers and intimate lunches.Traveling and shopping and UPS. Maybe snow or rain or sunshine and 70 degrees.What a time to be alive and to celebrate. As I…

Make A Joyful Noise

When I was a boy my hero was my father, but my idol was Elvis Presley.  I’d often fantasize about being a singer and if anyone were to ask me today, even at age 55, I’d tell them being a singer is still my fantasy profession. Recently, both my sister and wife sent me information…

he Is A Liar

Every day I walk in fear. Fear of violence, fear of tomorrow and what it might bring, but mostly fear that I am now less than I used to be.  In the words of this song I find strength to believe that I am still valued and worth more than what my crime suggests.  I…

The Great Commission

Reaching out. That’s what we are called to do. To spread God’s Word we must reach out.   The Gospel of Matthew ends with Jesus giving the Great Commission to the eleven disciples [Mat 28:16-20]. Jesus tells them to go out and make disciples of all nations. Jesus was telling them that all people are…

Back from the Edge

We all have our daily battles. For some of us they are all consuming and require every ounce of energy we have. Lately, I’ve been battling the effects of medication used to control the hallucinations I have. I’ve had hallucinations in one form or another since age five. Initially, it was a boy I named…

Joy In The Tribulation: Always & Again, Choose It

Please see previous posts:  Joy in the Tribulation: Always &  Joy In The Tribulation: Always & Again Well, here we are at the last installment of our pursuit of joy through music. Before going into this third song let’s take a step back and answer the question: Why is jdoe going into Joy In The Tribulation…

Joy In The Tribulation: Always & Again

In the last posting, Joy in the Tribulation: Always, I referred to a song titled simply, “joy” by King & Country – I hope you enjoyed listening to it! I commented on how the singer is seeking joy; making a choice between status quo and experiencing joy in life. In the end he chooses joy….