Dr. Martin Luther King on Nonviolence

In my post on the death of Congressman John Lewis, I mentioned that I had ordered a copy of the book Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, by Dr. Martin Luther King. When it arrived, I read it cover to cover in a couple days. I found it both fascinating and informative. Published in 1958,Continue reading “Dr. Martin Luther King on Nonviolence”

Mary as “Holy Lady Poverty”

This reflection appears today in a special edition newsletter published by the Our Lady of Indiana region. We normally get together for “Unity Day” in early August for fellowship as an entire region. Because of the pandemic, the physical gathering was cancelled this year. Instead, we asked our scheduled speaker for a reflection on hisContinue reading “Mary as “Holy Lady Poverty””

Journey thru John, Chapter 10: Laying Down One’s Life

When Jesus uses parables to teach, He is inviting his listeners, then and now, to enter a scene.  The opportunity such a gospel passage presents becomes double layered.  You have the ability to first enter and watch Jesus teach, and then you have the ability to enter the parable as well, to also be presentContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 10: Laying Down One’s Life”

On Franciscan Peace, The Death of John Lewis

This past Saturday, I was watching the golf tournament and I fell asleep after being out in the sun all morning.  I woke up as the broadcast was ending for the day.  The local news (Chicago for me) was next on the schedule.  I can probably count on one hand the number of times IContinue reading “On Franciscan Peace, The Death of John Lewis”

On Saying Yes, the Introduction

In mid-November 2019, I took a leave of absence from my regular job as a project manager for a large construction company.  This came at the end of a grueling two plus year assignment on a single project.  During those two years, I lost my 17-year-old son in a car accident and my 42-year-old sisterContinue reading “On Saying Yes, the Introduction”

Journey thru John, Chapter 9: On Being Blind

I am sure the pattern is consistent by now, but just in case, be aware for a moment how the reflection on each chapter begins with suggestions about how to immerse yourself in the scene.  Recall that this immersion is meant as an aid to your ability to pray over the material in the chapter.Continue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 9: On Being Blind”

Slideshow from The Shrine of Christ’s Passion

A few weeks ago, as the restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic were at their height, I was feeling the need to get out of the house. At the same time, I was also feeling the need to spend some quality time in solitude, contemplation and prayer. I went on line and checked out theContinue reading “Slideshow from The Shrine of Christ’s Passion”

On Franciscan Peace, Podcast #1: Bill Schmitt and Sister Agnes Marie Regan

May the Lord Give You Peace! Below is the podcast featuring Bill and Sister. Just hit the play button on the far left. Try these highlights as talking points for use in a formation setting: Listen as they discuss letting go of fear and accepting “the peace of God that transcends understanding” in this timeContinue reading “On Franciscan Peace, Podcast #1: Bill Schmitt and Sister Agnes Marie Regan”

On Franciscan Peace, the Introduction

“May the Lord Give you Peace!” It’s now just a little over two months since this blog was launched.  The content of the posts has varied greatly, but it is important to keep in mind that one driving force behind this website is the provision of formation materials for Secular Franciscans.  As the introduction toContinue reading “On Franciscan Peace, the Introduction”

Journey thru John, Chapter 8: Freedom and Love

This entire chapter is a direct continuation of the previous chapter.  It is the next day and Jesus is once again teaching in the temple courts.  Stay in the scene and watch the various exchanges between Jesus and the Jews.  Continue your process of discernment about the message Jesus is conveying.  If He is takingContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 8: Freedom and Love”