Mindwalk: Latest posts and thoughts…

Changing the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary?

Oh, for the power to change the ordinary into something extraordinary! Let me back up a bit. We are moving into what the church liturgical calendar calls "ordinary time". However, that doesn't mean ordinary as we understand ordinary. It actually means these Sundays...

Making Sense Of What Just Happened

“Are you the only one in the world who has not heard what is going on in (Washington?)”  (Luke 24:18) People from around the world are trying to make sense of recent events. I offer some resources for reflection.

“What is Truth?”

Pilate’s somewhat cynical question is among the most famous questions of history. In a somewhat prophetic message for World Communications Day 2020 Pope Francis offered what amounts to a “mindwalk” on truth

“Putting Words Into My Mouth”

“Putting Words Into My Mouth”

Helping another to speak what is in their heart requires listening … and connecting. St. Vincent’s canvas and oils were his gifts of helping people to see what they had not seen. With his genius for organizing he involved them in the solution.

“Why, God?” To “With God’s Help, Why Not?”

“Why, God?” To “With God’s Help, Why Not?”

“ Elizabeth experienced a wide range of challenges and joys as a daughter, wife, mother, laborer, and convert to Catholicism. God’s love and the hope for eternal life gave purpose, meaning, and direction to Elizabeth’s life. She changed “Why, God?” into “With God’s help, why not?”

December 21 As a “Mood-changer”

December 21 As a “Mood-changer”

Whether great or small, events have a way of shaping our moods. But ultimately, it is what we are aware of and focus on that shapes our moods. Let’s focus on the big picture … even in our doubts and confusion.

Family Historians

Family Historians

Keepers of memories! Almost every family has one. You know… the person who remembers the family history, the stories of Uncle… and Aunt…, the in-laws and the outlaws. St. Matthew was trying to get his Jewish audience to think about the very unlikely people who played a part in salvation history.

Don’t Mess With My Nativity Scene!

Don’t Mess With My Nativity Scene!

Don’t mess with my nativity scene… at least as I rrmember it. Yet Pope Francis reminds us that such “additions show that in the new world inaugurated by Jesus there is room for whatever is truly human and for all God’s creatures”.

Each Approach Is Necessary

Each Approach Is Necessary

An image each Vincentian should consider! It is a simple image of people imperiled by a river flooding out of control. Read on to learn how a Franciscan uses that image to explore various approaches to saving people.

Scream!

Scream!

We can relate to “the Scream”. The cross has transformed the scream. What is the way of the cross?

You Are Pregnant!

You Are Pregnant!

We have thought about Mary’s reaction when she heard that she would be pregnant. Have you ever wondered what Mary’s mother Ann thought when she was pregnant with Mary?