Tuesday, November 22, 2022
We are a few days from Thanksgiving - a time when we should pause - stop - rest - take time to be thankful - for all the blessings we have experienced in the last year. Primarily I am first - foremost - thankful for a Loving God - the One who walks with me daily as I navigate my life. Secondly I am thankful for my wife - sons - grandchildren - in-laws - all my relatives - friends - they are the frosting on the cake of my life. We all know that frosting adds texture - flavor - to the basics - these people do exactly that. Without them - life would be rather dull.
Last weekend I had the privilege to preach at Holy Mass - celebrating the close of the current Liturgical Year - celebrating Jesus Christ - King of the Universe. It was a very good celebration - the parishioners were very responsive to my humble words - for that I am grateful. This coming weekend we mark the beginning of the new Liturgical Year with four complete weeks of Advent. Most years we do not get the full four weeks - this year we do - four weeks to contemplate our relationship with Jesus - with God. Unlike Lent when we tend to focus on how poorly we live our lives - in Advent we spend time on our goodness - how good we have managed to become - how much more we can do in our daily walk with Jesus. In reviewing our lives we in turn come to understand that we are all good people - each coping with issues that affect how we live our lives. Understanding that - we realize how well we are prepared to celebrate the birth of Our Lord at Christmas. Four weeks to review - reflect - to prepare for His Second Coming - His Coming into our lives - at some future point in time - at Christmas.
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Monday, August 8, 2022
We are now accepting registrations for our 2023 pilgrimage to Portugal - Spain - France. Primary locations that we will visit is Fatima Shrine - Burgos Cathedral - Lourdes Shrine - Montserrat - La Familia Sagrada in Barcelona. Other locations will also be visited. Holy Mass is included on most days. This trip is a spiritual - educational - fun adventure that everyone will enjoy. Families - couples - singles are all invited to join us. You do not have to be Catholic to travel with us and on all of our pilgrimages over the past 12 years, our groups have been very mixed. Visit our web site at www.DeaconTravel.org or www.CaminoWalkers.com for links to the full itinerary with links to registration materials and a promotional video that explains all the ins and outs of this trip. Early registration earns discounts - also free transportation to the airport**, free loyalty bonus dollars - earn $150 towards our 2024 June pilgrimage to Italy.
Friday, July 8, 2022
Join Us in Portugal - Spain - France
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Friday, June 24, 2022
In life we have a lot of opportunities to make good - bad - decisions. As intelligent - informed people of faith - we have been provided a ton of information to assist us when making any and all decisions. Even in the face of controversy - misguided public opinion - we do not have to - go with the flow. On the contrary - particularly as Christians - we are called to go against the flow of popular beliefs. We - ourselves - may not win any popularity contests - but doing what is right - correct - just - does not make you an enemy - simply a person of conviction - standards.
Jesus was often misunderstood - even when He was attempting to bring goodness into the lives of others - many did not understand what He was attempting. As Christians - Christ followers - His disciples - we are asked to stand strong in our knowledge and faith. There are no options when facing wrong - uninformed ideas - concepts. Standing firm in our beliefs - even when unpopular - is possible through the grace of God. Nothing more - nothing less. Just because I can do anything - does not mean I should. Period
Friday, May 27, 2022
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Well it has been almost a month since my last post. In that time we returned to Illinois - went to The Netherlands - back to Illinois - now back to our routine of mowing the lawn - living life in Illinois. To say the least - it has been busy - very rewarding - looking forward to summer. A quick recap on the traveling - no issues to cope with - some minor delays - being patient a big help. Doing a Covid test to return to the States - very easy - negative results - no surprise. The Netherlands was a pleasant distraction from all the crazy things going on back home in the States - good food - friendly people - an easy place to navigate. We celebrated Mothers Day while there with a wine and cheese canal cruise in Amsterdam with a bunch of friendly tourists from all over the world. If you have considered visiting The Netherlands - we definitely recommend - would return if the opportunity presents itself.