Leaving the holding pattern

Being a full-time youth minister during the summer can be exhausting. There are conferences and mission trips to coordinate, coffee dates to schedule, the upcoming year to plan, etc. I’ve noticed in past summers that my prayer life can go out the window. Zip. Gone.

Something in Common

Our fellow Pittsburgher Ronald Donatelli wants to tell our Evangelical friends that we’re much worse than they think. He shared a “gotcha” post on Facebook.

Let us Lectio: Imitation of the Child Jesus

Saint Therese of Lisieux adoring Jesus Christ Crucified; stthereseministry.com

Who is the greatest? The question put before Jesus comes shortly after His repeated singling out of Peter (Matthew 16:16; 16:18-19) and just after Jesus chose Peter, James, and John to witness His transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8).

Let us lectio: The Invitation

The Calling of St. Matthew by Vittore Carpaccio, 1502

The calling of Matthew itself is so quick in this Gospel reading that it takes all of one verse.

Hopeless in Seattle: assisted suicide and the Church


People got upset. Last week the Associated Press ran a story about an elderly man in Seattle who was dying of cancer and decided to get help to end his life.