TUESDAY OF THE TWENTY-NINTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Reading today's Gospel from St. Luke, this line strikes me: "ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks." (Luke 12:36) Cris and I have just returned from a two-week visit to Michigan to visit his family. As a complete introvert, being with people continually is challenging for me. Ready to open immediately? When we are speaking of interior prayer life, I'm all in. An hour in the Adoration chapel, easy peasy! But I'm no
WEDNESDAY OF THE SEVENTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME I live in one of the most beautiful places in the US. A fact not lost on the 40,000+ visitors that are streaming through our town currently. Despite a pandemic raging through most of our country, tourism in our small town has not slowed down; great for businesses' bank accounts not great for their employees who are inevitably being exposed to the virus, causing businesses to repeatedly open and close. Today's Gospel leads me
TUESDAY OF THE FOURTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Yesterday as I finished up my blog post for the day, my phone rang. My phone never rings in the early morning. It was Cris, a man that had come into fire camp had a family member test positive for COVID. Cris had potentially been exposed to the virus. Logically, I knew that Cris had limited opportunity for exposure. But it wasn't until this morning as I was hiking down Snow King when I got the news, the man tested negative, tear
WEDNESDAY OF THE ELEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME On Sunday, Cris, Papa and I made our first fishing trip of the season. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has a program called the Cutt Slam. The program encourages anglers to learn more about Wyoming's cutthroat trout species and the work of the Game and Fish Department's management program. To complete the challenge and receive your certificate, you must catch Wyoming's four cutthroat trout in their native range. We all thre
TUESDAY OF THE ELEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Love your enemies. Today's Gospel message is so straightforward that we cannot deny what the Lord is calling us to as His followers. To be a child of our heavenly Father, we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. So simple yet so difficult in practice. In the first reading, Ahab repents from his sins. He fasts, he wears sackcloth, and he humbles himself before God. The two readings come together when we, as sin
SATURDAY OF THE SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER The living word of God speaks to all of us differently. If you read today's Gospel, a particular word or verse will draw your attention; this is God speaking to you. After reading today's Gospel, for me, this is the verse God asks me to talk to Him about right now, "What concern is it of yours? You follow me?" John 21:22 Ah. There it is, my brothers and sisters, my stumbling block. You know the one, we all have them. It is the sin we co
SATURDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF EASTER Today's first reading is the first letter of Saint Peter (1 Pet 5:5-14).
I love this reading. It contains one of my favorite verses of Scripture. Your opponent, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. In my experience, many Catholics shy away from speaking about the-one-who-must-not-be-named. I'm not sure why that is, and I'd like us to be a little more open about the works of the devil. He is rea