The Word Among Us

Messages of Hope

These short reflections are designed to encourage all of us to keep our eyes on Jesus and seek his comfort, his healing, and his guidance during this challenging time.

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God Is Working in the “New Normal”

I’ve never liked the phrase “the new normal.” To me it always seemed just a nice way of saying, “Don’t get your hopes up. It’s not going to be like it was.” More »

Meeting Jesus during Quarantine

By my calculations, my family is entering Week Ten of life in quarantine. That’s ten weeks of home-based schooling, limited travel, face masks, social distancing, and closed stores. More »

He Walks Our Road

I do a lot of walking these days. I walk with my dog every morning, rain or shine. I breathe the fresh air and enjoy the beauty of nature—and I talk to the Lord. More »

Jesus Is with Us Always

Sometimes it seems that the Sunday Mass readings were meant just for us. That’s how I feel about this coming Sunday’s second reading. If you are like me, you really don’t like to suffer. More »

Do Something Beautiful for God

I’m so happy to be virtually “popping into” your home today—especially since I haven’t been popping in physically anywhere for quite a few weeks now. More »

Grace for the Asking

My pantry is full. Very full. So full that I’m kind of embarrassed, given that only three people are eating here these days. More »

Jesus Is Alive

Alleluia! Jesus is risen! His resurrection reveals a new kind of victory and strength. Easter reminds us that God’s love for each one of us is stronger than fear, illness, or even death. More »

Give It to God

Yesterday, my family and I celebrated a pretty unusual Palm Sunday. Using strips of paper for palms, we staged an awkward, bumping-into-each-other procession around the kitchen table and into the family room. More »

Walking Together

Have you noticed it? I have. People scurry to the side when you walk past them on the sidewalk. The lonely faces, the concerned voices, the way people avoid eye contact. Within a few short weeks, our world has changed. More »

Yielding to God This Lent

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”? That saying came to mind one morning as I thought about what I had planned for Lent this year. Among other things, I wanted to try to get to daily Mass more often. Now, because of the coronavirus pandemic, public Masses are cancelled in most places, including my own diocese. More »

“Do Not Be Afraid,” Says the Lord

The news about the coronavirus over recent days can leave us feeling anxious and unsettled—and this is a completely normal reaction! But as we take seriously the advice of public health officials and follow their instructions to protect ourselves and our loved ones, now is also a great time to rely on the Lord more deeply and to care for the needs of the people around us. More »

Response to the coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic enters a new phase, I want to encourage those of us who may be feeling anxious (including myself) to ask, “What would Jesus say to me right now?” I am sure that he would say, “Do not be afraid! ‘Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature’ (Romans 8:38-39) can separate you from my love.” More »