Jesus the Master Electrician

            Dr. Tim Gray of the Augustine Institute referred to the Ascension of Our Lord as “completing the circuit.”  I thought it an excellent metaphor and it set me to thinking it through further.  Perhaps many in our non-agrarian culture would miss the relevance of Jesus referring to Himself as the vine and all his talk about grafting…

A Cold, Dead Heart and a Cold-Blooded Icon

I am not an emotional person.  In fact, I think I am best described as having a cold, dead heart.  A heart of stone would also be apt.  I have always been this way.  I can’t remember a time when it was not difficult for me to conjure up emotion.   I was never bothered by my lack of emotion,…

What if Overthinking is Actually a Misinterpreted Yearning for Contemplation?

            Life is exhausting for overthinkers.  Every word we speak, every sentence we write, every action we take, every decision we make has to go through a three-part process.             The pre-overthink of the moment.            The crippling anxiety during the moment.            The post-overthink of the moment.             This three-part process is in a constant loop in our heads for every possible…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 24

Mary aka the Blessed mother Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               Mary was a holy woman and wife of Joseph.  The angel Gabriel appeared to her and asked her if she would be God’s mother.  She said yes and the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and put the little God-baby in her…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 23

Saint Joseph Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               Joseph was a holy man who descended from King David and was married to Mary who was pregnant with Jesus.  He wasn’t the most talkative of fellas, but he listened to God and kept his little Holy Family safe and protected.   For…