“The Young Seminarian” – The Perspective of a Young Teen Attending a Catholic Seminary, Part II

“Now it takes a good son to be a good priest, as Jesus was. You are longing to be one day “another Christ,” to be to those around you, as a priest, what Jesus was to those who followed Him. But Jesus spent thirty long years in just being a good son to Mary and […]

Part I – The Perspective of a 13-Year-Old Attending a Catholic Seminary

Bishop Emeritus Kevin Boland of the Savannah Diocese told me a few years back that the concept of a minor seminary, designed for high school aged boys, was essentially a “hot house”, for young men, to grow their potential vocation to the priesthood.  This method was in full swing in the Fall of 1965, when […]

Dealing with the Bad Stuff in Our Lives

“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 All of us have a conscience, formed out of our sense of right from wrong, guiding our actions and decisions. When we violate our conscience, it can put us ill at ease, even resulting in guilty feelings, which can make us feel inadequate, […]

The Lessons of “Blood and Fire” – Working for The Salvation Army

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20 Almost four years ago, I came out […]

Dealing with the Bad Stuff in Our Lives – Finding Redemption

(Context is important. The writer was born Catholic and attended Catholic school in the pre-Vatican II, Baltimore Catechism world, where right from wrong was made very clear, as were the consequences and remedies to sin.) “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, […]

Dealing with the Bad Stuff in Our Lives – Struggling with the Consequences

I have not come to call the righteous but the sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32 We know we have done wrong. The pangs of a guilty conscience are there as a constant reminder. Joel Osteen tells us to say a prayer, asking for divine forgiveness, and then we are born again, ready to bask in […]

Doing Some of Your Most Memorable Work in your Later Years

“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.” Psalm 92: 12-14 I remember when growing up, hearing about Grandma Moses, […]

The Importance of Healthy Leadership in Business

Whether we are talking about the church or the secular world, at the core of any successful enterprise is effective leadership. In my earlier years working in hospitals, the idea of supervising others was more of an exercise in holding all accountable, which I understood then as mostly catching employees when they we not doing […]

The Power of Prayer

As a professed Lay Carmelite, I have come to better appreciate the impact of prayer, as this is near and dear to our Carmelite charism, along with contemplation, service and community.  In times of trial, we are often quick to invoke the name of Jesus and for us Catholics, even plead to a saint in heaven to intercede for […]

God Reveals Himself to Us, Day by Day – Continued

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”  Confessions by St. Augustine of Hippo While University Hospital was my professional home for over 25 years, I believed God’s plan for my life required continued growth, and greater earning capacity to take care of my family. […]