Category Archive: inspiration

Aug 04

Do You Have the Time?

Time..don’t run out on me. It’s a phrase that I’ve mentioned often in ministry as being an element that is essential to the development of faith. I challenge spiritual directees to prioritize their relationship with God by dedicating at least 20 minutes a day to prayer with the hopeful development that 20 minutes will turn …

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Feb 13

A Prayer for Sarah

This morning my friend and colleague, Sarah Signorino will likely give birth to a daughter, whom she has already named Clare. So I’ve dedicated my morning prayer to her and her family, Jarrod and her little girl, Mary who is going to be the best big sister ever. If I’m honest with myself, it’s sometimes …

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Feb 13

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James Martin posted this beautiful reflection after attending the funeral for Fr. Dan Harrington, SJ, noted scripture scholar. I’m on the last train out of Boston tonight after attending the funeral Mass of one of the holiest people I’ve ever met: Dan Harrington, SJ. A full Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, on the campus …

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Sep 23

Can We Heal Wounds?

When the horror of September 11th came upon the United States my friends with children fought vigorously to keep their children away from the television screen. Others even fought to keep themselves away from the images we know all too well from that day. Many wondered what to tell their kids when they returned home …

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Sep 22

Living in Fear

“GET DOWN! GET DOWN NOW! ON THE GROUND!” I was minding my own business writing one of these columns on my couch when I heard this yelling nearby. It was a lot more nearby than I thought. It was in my driveway. I live in Amherst, a small suburb of Buffalo. As far as I’m …

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Sep 13

I Once Was Lost…But Now…

Deacon Greg pointed me towards this hysterical story today on Facebook. As a guitarist, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the back …

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Sep 08

I Needed a Date…And You Danced With Me


When I was a sophomore in college we had a tradition where your roommate would set you up on a date for the residence hall’s annual dance. My roommate and my R.A. knew I had a huge crush on a young lady named Maria, who my R.A. actually had dated for some time. So, they …

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Sep 03

First Day at School Memories

While many of my friends are sending their kids off to their first day of school and my wife heads in to her first day as the new after-school coordinator at her school, I’m filled with first day of school memories. Of course, there’s nothing like that first day of school, for the first time. …

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Aug 12

Fr. Greg Boyle Never Gets Old

Fr Greg is coming to Buffalo at Canisius High School and I can’t wait. If he’s anywhere close to this good…I’ll be a puddle of tears. Amen, brother. Keep on, keeping on.

Aug 02

Tennis Mensch


A great story on Mashable about tennis great Roger Federer who went above and beyond the call of duty for an 18 year old fan with cancer whose one wish was to meet her hero. The entire story is longer and can be found here but this snip comes after a very full day already …

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