Many times “discovery” is only “recovery” of that which is already known. Recently reading a book on cruise ships (taking a cruise in a few months and thought of boning up on seasickness and abandoning ship techniques), the author discovers what can change the life of everyone on the planet: yoga and meditation. This gentleman […]Read more "Rambling on Cruising and the 29th Year of Ordinary Time (A)"
[Author’s note: From our deployment to Iraq.] September 26, 2010 I walked out of my CHU (containerized housing unit) last week and noticed the chill in the air. If I didn’t know better, it was downright cold. After a few shivers and pinching myself to make sure this Iraq thing wasn’t a dream, I walked […]Read more "Rambling on Harem Outfits and Blessings"
[author’s note: From our deployment to Iraq.] September 19, 2010 One of the disadvantages of moving being overly mobile in Iraq is that I never use the same computer for long. Consequently there is some Rector’s Ramblings material that I’m not sure if I’ve written about before. This is one of those times, but as […]Read more "Rambling on Dentists and Iraq"
Just call me Johnny; Johnny Cash. At a recent trip to the convenience store the young man behind the counter asked if I was a priest; he noticed the black I was wearing, but forgot to put in the little white tab collar that is the dead giveaway. I replied “No, I’m Johnny Cash.” (You […]Read more "Rambling on the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A); of Johnny Cash and $6.66"
In hindsight, hinting that the Catholic ritual for blessing homes included chicken blood may not have been the essence of wisdom. It was a nice usual meeting of the local ministerial association and the local Methodist and Lutheran pastors were having a deep discussion as to the merits of prayer location (or prayer bilocation […]Read more "Rambling on Home Blessing and Chicken Blood (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] [cf. Mt21:33-43]"
[author’s note: From our time on deployment in Iraq.] September 12, 2010 First, I thank all who have been sending me letters and packages. It has been busy the past few weeks due to me replacing a priest in Baghdad who is gone temporarily. Consequently the number of Masses that I have on a […]Read more "Ramblings on a Titanium Spork"
[author’s note: from the time of our deployment to Iraq.] September 5, 2010 I’m not good with resisting temptation. On a recent Sunday in Iraq I went to a small room near our headquarters early in the morning to offer Mass for anyone from the night shift that wished to go. As I walked […]Read more "Rambling on Temptation"