Thoughts

One Thing from Mass

Many years ago our parish was fortunate enough to have an evening with Matthew Kelly. At the time, I did not know who Mr. Kelly was. I attended Mass regularly, read the Bible diligently, and lectored once a month. I was starting to understand my Catholic faith, but there was much I did not understand. And I certainly I didn’t know any contemporary speakers, even one as famous as Mr. Kelly. But something he said stuck with me that night. He spoke about taking one thing away from Mass and writing it down. Just one thing. Over time, just like the mustard seed, this small beginning would become a powerful spiritual tool. He called it a Mass Journal.

Thoughts

Restarting the blog

I’ve taken a very long hiatus from writing my blog, having been preoccupied at work and home with other concerns. But now that I’ve cleaned up the thousands of spammed posts that never got approved, deleted the fictitious rabble from the list of registered users on my site, and generally set about the task of thinking how I’d like to continue, I’ve decided to get back to it. One thing that has happened over the intervening years is that I’ve come to appreciate my Catholic faith more deeply. I’m currently half-way through the Adult Faith Formation classes taught by the Kino Institute at the Diocesan Center in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, and this more than anything has helped me to see the beauty of Catholic teaching amid a world in dire need of peace and people of good will. For this reason, I plan to add my personal thoughts on religion as a…