We need darkness as much as we need light

A pastor I was counseling asked, “Am I going crazy? The last 14 months have felt like one long day. I’ve been uptight, mad and worried. Our church has lost so much in the last year.” “I’m sorry. I know it has really been hard,” I said. “What do you think will happen in the […]

The choices of each day

Every time I reflect on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, I am struck with how Jesus brings it to a conclusion, laying these choices before me: There is a wide gate in life. Many choose it, though it leads to destruction. There is a small, narrow gate in life that leads to […]

The obituaries that never get written

“It is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment.”  Hebrews 9:27 —– Nearly every day in the Arizona Republic (Arizona’s flagship newspaper), there appear between 4-6 obituaries with names of people who died but whose body has not been claimed. The obituaries say the Maricopa County Indigent Decedent services is looking […]

Ash Wednesday in the desert

Just after 6am this morning I pulled onto Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale, Arizona, and headed to St. Patrick Community Church, one of 40 Catholic parishes in the diocese of Phoenix. Standing in the dark, two lines of people, all wearing masks and standing 6 feet apart, already had formed in front of 2 tables […]