Blog Archives

Silence at Gethsemani: Oxygen for the Soul

The world is awakening in rural Kentucky, and I feel honored to watch. Especially in this place. As they have for more than a century and a half, the bells of the Abbey of Gethsemani rang bright and early. As

Posted in Your Fellow Pilgrim Tagged with: , , ,

Why Should Anyone Desire Humility?

Some years ago, at my morning prayer group, my cherished friend Deacon Larry brought copies of the Litany of Humility. I never had heard of that prayer until that day. The men in my group trust Larry implicitly, so we dove

Posted in Your Fellow Pilgrim Tagged with: , ,

St. Therese: The Value of Suffering

As part of my formation for the Secular Carmelites, my group has been reading “The Story of a Soul,” the well-known autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux. Each month, we are assigned a few chapters to read and then discuss

Posted in Your Fellow Pilgrim Tagged with: , , , ,

A Truly Dark Place and a Light of Christ That Dispelled It

St. Clements Catholic Church – nestled several miles outside Bowling Green, Mo. — has been a hub of worship and activity in various buildings for 143 years. The present church rose out of the dreams and funding from several hundred

Posted in Your Fellow Pilgrim Tagged with: , , ,

Catholic or Depression? What Does Twitter Want?

The whole realm of social media baffles me. More precisely, I’m struggling to figure out communicating about my writing via social media – especially Twitter – and feeling forced to “pick a lane” on the information superhighway. Am I a

Posted in Confronting Depression, Your Fellow Pilgrim Tagged with: , , , ,

God’s Love can Surprise and Overwhelm

My soul longing, I close my Bible. My desire is to rest — not to relax and take it easy, but to actively find a properly holy place of rest in my heart, mind and soul. I’m not seeking to

Posted in Your Fellow Pilgrim Tagged with:

Some “Surrender” Advice for Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump

These reflections always start unfolding in my head before spilling onto the laptop screen. For this one, I intended this first paragraph to introduce my desire that before Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and any other politician shared all their plans

Posted in Your Fellow Pilgrim Tagged with: , , , ,

Meekness: A Value Americans Need To Embrace

If, as Jesus taught 2,000 years ago from his seat on a mount, the meek really do inherit the earth, then my fellow Americans and I are in for a mighty puny inheritance someday. A prediction: Sometime next year, a

Posted in Your Fellow Pilgrim Tagged with: , , , , , ,

What is a “Spiritual Fitbit”?

I have a Fitbit strapped to my left wrist. For me, the little black device – with a screen that measures a mere ¾ inches wide and ¼ inch deep – provides just another set of statistics to track every

Posted in Your Fellow Pilgrim Tagged with: , , ,

Welcoming, Embracing the Guest of Melancholy

Our almost-every-Sunday family dinner went on the road last weekend. A handful of us traveled about 20 miles into the big city to son Josh’s place, a cool little house he is renting near Forest Park in St. Louis. Josh

Posted in Confronting Depression Tagged with: , , , ,

Mike & Donna Eisenbath

Offering HOPE for the journey...