Devotions

Small Gifts and a Little Shepherd Boy

Small Gifts and a Little Shepherd Boy

Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ So they filled them...
January 07, 2023
Lord, Please Let Me See

Lord, Please Let Me See

The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, ‘Son of David, have pity on me!’ Then Jesus stopped...
November 14, 2022
Who Is Hungry in Your Midst?

Who Is Hungry in Your Midst?

“Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry?" // Luke 6:3 "My old foster grandma lives down that street!" a little...
September 03, 2022
Distressed Hearts on Good Friday

Distressed Hearts on Good Friday

"Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” // John 18:37 The sound of my alarm at 2 a.m. hit me like a train. I slowly rolled over...
April 15, 2022
Swing Set Moments

Swing Set Moments

He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretch out its roots to the stream. // Jeremiah 17:8 Her little legs wrapped around my waist as she nestled...
February 13, 2022
Help Us to Hear You More

Help Us to Hear You More

"But wisdom is vindicated by her works." // Matthew 11:19 Just a little embarrassed, I wiped my eyes as I stood in front of my honors biology students. It should...
December 10, 2021
Finding Jesus and Mary in the Valleys

Finding Jesus and Mary in the Valleys

I was in college and volunteering as a youth minister when I was introduced to the Salve Regina ("Hail Holy Queen") prayer. Standing in that church basement making photocopies one...
November 26, 2021
Not-So-Straight Priorities

Not-So-Straight Priorities

Just last week I wrote out my plan for the next few days. Putting pencil to hot pink copy paper, I took stock of wake-up, breakfast, and workout times, important...
September 23, 2021
The Story Only I Can Tell

The Story Only I Can Tell

It's funny how dates stick in our heads, isn't it? August 9th, 1999. It was the summer before my senior year of high school, and on that very day I...
August 09, 2021
Broadening the Vision

Broadening the Vision

I spent years preparing to become a foster parent. It began as a little trickle of a thought, and eventually grew into a steady stream of pondering. But it was...
July 01, 2021
For When You Doubt

For When You Doubt

"I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth . . ." I mumbled through Mass one Sunday in college. And then I stopped mid-sentence, tears welling...
May 12, 2021
Social Media and the Defiling of Our Hearts

Social Media and the Defiling of Our Hearts

I had a great moment of clarity one day last summer. Sitting alone in my backyard with the fading sunlight on my shoulders, I had a beautifully honest phone call...
February 10, 2021