What God Promises During a Pandemic: My Month at The Pope Francis Center

Published Jun 24, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins

The Pope Francis Center in Detroit–a place where folks on the margins can get meals and other essentials–needed workers. Accustomed to relying on volunteers to help serve meals, stay-at-home orders put the Center in a bind. The pandemic had increased demand just as the staff was reduced to a handful of full-time workers. The head of the Center reached out and I was sent with another Jesuit brother to fill in the gap for a month.

This is What Happened When Jesus Found Me Wallowing in the Lilac Patches

Published May 13, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins

My abrupt final days as a tutor at McQuaid Jesuit High School coincided with the famed Rochester Lilac Festival when a glorious garden in the middle of the city is filled with flowers and fragrance and visitors coming to soak it all in. A few weeks later I yearned to be back with the students and our jokes and routines and even the boring vocabulary tests.

I Conquer Evil When I Watch Basketball

Published Jan 8, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins

When I was in grade school, I forced myself to try out for the basketball team. I never liked basketball, wasn’t particularly fast, couldn’t shoot the ball, and preferred to sit on the bench. But, everyone else was doing it, and their participation convinced me that I needed to join in.