Thoughts off the Glass

Lent 2016……..steps

Put one foot in front of the other, you’re walking.  You’re moving forward.

Jesus did this.  He put one foot in front of the other and walked into the wilderness to be tempted.  Not to give into temptation but to overcome it.

Do you remember when the Devil tempted Jesus?  …I am waiting….. Okay – at the END of the forty days (and nights) the Devil tempted Jesus.  Only in His human nature when He was weak is when the Devil approached.  For some reason I never put two and two together, then on Sunday at yet another parish (in our quest to find where we should be) did I hear that “and when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

We are only approached by the Devil in our weakest moments.  That is when he can take advantage of us.  That is why we need to train like athletes, keep tuned up, stay in shape, keep strong in the faith.  By doing this we at least have fewer temptations and when they do appear we are more equipped to defeat him.


Lent 2016…….changes

What IS this time of lent?  What IS it for? Why?


We are called to change.  You could call it a calling, a whisper, a sign, the Holy Spirit – a change in the wind.   We recently have experienced this change, call it a calling, we call it an opportunity.  An opportunity, in the end to help provide for our family.  With this opportunity comes a lot of changes.  One of those changes has already challenged us in our faith.  We are finding ourselves changing parishes, priests, dioceses and feeling a bit lost currently.  Not lost for the love of our faith.  Even though the catholic faith is universal in the liturgy and the whole mass, it does feel different; different priest, different bulletin, different songs.

So our challenge is this change.  Let’s focus on making a difference in our changes this year.

Since we went to Rome this past year and we were less than ten feet from Pope Francis, I feel we are close friends, so I am going to use his favorite phrase and say “Pray for us”.


The Basics

I was sitting at my favorite bar talking to the bartender.   He is taking some college courses right now so I asked him how he was liking it,  “It’s boring”  “Why do I have to take these basic english and business math classes again that I took in high school?”  So I ask what his major is, “General Business”.    I’ll take another beer and here’s my advice to you.

Learn the basics.   The three R’s;  Reading, Riting and Rithmatic.  (maybe our elected politicians should be tested on the basics….)

These things you will carry throughout your life. You are giving me change back from my bar tab, learn how to count it backwards without the use of a computer.  You need to add four beers to my tab, how much is that?    I would like to leave a 20% tip, would you add that on my bill please.  Are you able to read the pamphlet of information on the drugs you about to take?   Can you write down directions for me?  Now I know that there are other things or lessons that we should learn, that will enhance our lives.   But let’s be honest here and say we need these everything tools first.  These MUST be in ingrained in our memory first.

Acquire some skills.   Everyone one of us has the ability to learn some type of skill.   What skills do you possess?  Maybe you are mechanically inclined and like to take things apart and put them together (mechanic, engineer, carpenter, welder, chef ).    In today’s world it is so easy to learn a new skill, all you need to do is YouTube it and someone has made a video showing you how to do it.  (See where learning the basics comes in handy here).

Have Faith.   You need to have faith, trust and love.   Have faith that you already possess all of these, you were born with them.  All you need to do is find them.   Have faith in your family that they are raising you the best they know how.  Have trust in your teachers and leaders that they are doing the best they can for you.  Love your family, your friends, your neighbors and even love those you hate to the best of your ability.  What I mean is not to seek revenge but extend a hand when they need help.   For most of our kind acts we do not need to exchange words, our works will suffice and send a more significant message of love, faith and trust to those who need it.

That’s my advice – take it for what it’s worth.   I’ll take another in honor of my brother.

2015 Easter Time

It always happens doesn’t it?  We are cruising along the highway of life.   Something happens,  a loved one falls ill,  an accident happens or a tragedy.   We don’t expect it, we can not foresee it and we never want it.   We have to adjust, adapt and move forward because there is not a rewind button.

The excitement of Holy Week rushed by.   And now I am finding myself standing in the pool of exhilaration like when you go down one of those big water slides!   It is Easter time!

Easter (FYI – the resurrection of Jesus) doesn’t end on Easter Sunday.   Jesus shows Himself multiple times to many different people (One of the many reasons that the christian faith is so strong is the fact that many people testified to this fact and not only was it recorded in many letters (aka the Bible), but it also had to be passed down, verbally, to many more friends and family.  Which makes up our deposit of faith.)   One of my favorites is on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24) when Jesus comes upon two men walking home from Jerusalem, three days after Jesus was crucified.   He walked and talked with them.   He explained to them why He had to be crucified.  They were amazed.   They wanted more.   Later that day as they were about to dine with Him  I think they were astute enough to ask Him to say a blessing before breaking the bread.   And Jesus “took the bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them” , their eyes were opened and then Jesus vanished.

This year during Easter time, let us be willing to open our eyes, our minds, our hearts and recognize Jesus in our lives.   Now Jesus can appear in many ways such as; movies, music, children, animals, scenery, sports, work or even old family pictures.   The funny thing is if you seek Him, you are more likely to find Him!

2015 Lent Day 39

We all have encountered those family moments of bliss, laughter, love, anger and regret.    And the fact that it can usually occur within a few short hours is what makes each family unique.

The Holy Family may have had the same family dynamics, but possibly with less anger.   Most certainly there was love, laughter and bliss.

We are nearing the end of lent, let us all hold ourfamlies up with our love, laughter and joy of each other.  Reach out with a phone call, email or even a text can make a difference today.   Go make a difference.



2015 Lent Day 38

Today’s Readings

Music is the universal language.   It breaks all barriers and can heal all wounds.   It is passionate, loving, joyful, soothing,  tingling and simply amazing.    Each area of the world makes, creates and is passionate about their music.  They are also willing to share when asked or when they are feeling anyone of those emotions.

Jesus sings a new song that we all should listen to and if you feel one of those emotions or you begin to dance then share it when someone asks you!

2015 Lent Day 36-37

I put off today what I can put off tomorrow.   I may be the ultimate procrastinator.    I prefer planning specialist.   I thought I had plenty of time to write last night, I did but I drew a blank.   Maybe I didn’t dig deep enough, maybe I felt rushed all day, maybe the good Lord said “take the day off”…… Yeah that’s it.

When we ver off the path we need to look to Jesus and get our feet under us again.

Our Father….

Hail Mary….


2015 Lent Day 35

Today’s Readings

I once took a job that I thought would be pretty exciting, decent pay and challenging.  Two days into the job it was not what I thought.   With the long hours I saw my decent pay dwindling.   Then the final straw was put on when, on a Friday they told me I had to work on that Saturday  – no thanks!   I had turned down some other jobs for that job and now I was trying to back track to those jobs to see if they were still open – nope.   Oh boy, not a good time to complain about not having a job.

The people were just freed from Egypt’s reign and abuse.  They had been wandering the wilderness for some time now and start to complain about God and Moses.  Oh boy, not a good time to complain about being freed.

Sometimes the path that God leads us on seems like the wrong one.  If His voice is clear to you along your journey then stay on the path.  If it seems muddled or confusing, seek guidance, pray, look for other signs.  But have faith that the Lord is with you!

2015 Lent Day 34

I enjoy watching food network series chopped.    If I were the judge I would tell them they were all winners!   But I am not the judge and therefore do not.

But we judge people all the time don’t we?  How they look, how the act, what they say, what they do.   We judge their status by how they dress,  what they drive and where they go on vacations.  We know best……really?

Today’s readings.

Jesus does not even judge but asks those to examine their own conscious first before they judge.

So let us be careful, mindful of judging those we do not know.


2015 Lent Fifth Sunday

How are your march madness brackets doing?  Are you happy or sad or just grumpy?

Maybe you’re perturbed!!!

I love that word and I am going to try to use it the next time I am perturbed!!

When I think of Jesus getting perturbed my thoughts range from someone just kicked the sleeping giant or shook up the bees nest.   Not that I believe that God is something different than a loving God, but He does and has at times shook things up with a flood and a few plagues.   Then He sends down His Son to teach and show us how to live.  He is 100% human and 100% God from the moment that His mother Mary said “Yes” to the angel.  Jesus, since He is human as well, felt the emotions and feelings that we do.   So in Today’s Readings we see two human aspects of Jesus – God.   He wept and He was perturbed!!

When we get perturbed we usually act in a completely different way than Jesus did.   We need to learn from Jesus and how He handled this.  He did not run and hide, in fact He performed this miracle in front of many others so that they would all believe!

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