Monday, November 23, 2015


It happens to all of us ... we wake up with a dark cloud hovering over us. We shrug it off, crawl out of bed and begin our day.  Unfortunately, that cloud stalks us every second, minute and hour. No matter what we do, we can't seem to shake it. Pressure is building up behind the weakening dam in our eyes that is threatening to rupture, releasing torrents of tears.

I'm not a theologian by any means, but I believe days like this emerge because we've neglected our prayer life.  Jesus misses us.  Next time we wake up with that dark cloud hovering, let us pray:

Good morning most merciful Jesus,
Let your light shine through this threatening darkness.
Forgive me my neglect.
I've missed you too.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

My Take on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Okay, I have been trying to bite my tongue (or block my keyboard) regarding the Syrian refugee crisis, but I cannot, in good conscience, stay silent any longer.

I am a practicing Catholic. I do my best to follow my faith in all aspects of my life.  Recently, I was accused of being heartless and sinful because of my concerns allowing Syrian refugees into our country.

Well, folks, nothing could be further from the truth.  My heart breaks for the refugees and I would love nothing more than to welcome them into our country, but there are several factors that need to be considered:

        * The FBI admits they do not have the adequate resources to do the proper vetting.
        * Paris has shown us that terrorists infiltrate refugee groups to access targets.
        * Our country is already at risk with all the illegal immigration that is not being controlled.
        * Our Social Services are overburdened already with so many of our citizens (and non-citizens) on welfare, food stamps, etc.
       * Our country cannot even take care of its homeless population, including women, children and our veterans.

Yes, we need to be compassionate and our government needs to do something for the refugees. However, the government's first and foremost responsibility is to ensure the security and well-being of its citizens.  

One more thing … how hypocritical is it when our current administration intends to give safe refuge to those in danger from other countries, but allows a child in the womb to be ripped out if its safe refuge and sold to the highest bidder?