Baptism & Identity

Baptism & Identity

My son, Henry, was baptized a little over five years ago in a particularly grand church in New York City, St Thomas Fifth Avenue. The church is located one of the busiest streets in Manhattan. Its towering Gothic arches and open doors bring in hundreds of thousands of...
The Good Gift

The Good Gift

I was meeting with someone for coffee this week, and in the middle of our conversation my phone rang. It was my 18-year old son. He was actually calling me! He had just had his wisdom teeth pulled earlier in the day. I normally wouldn’t pick up in the middle of a...
The One Thing Needful

The One Thing Needful

Today’s gospel passage recounts that classic scene between Jesus and sisters Mary and Martha. Martha is busy working in the home to serve Our Lord, while her sister Mary sits at his feet and listens to his words. Martha says to Jesus, “Lord, do you not care...
Loopholes

Loopholes

The past few weeks I have been pondering the word “loophole.”  It’s an interesting word with an even more interesting usage. A loophole is a means of evasion or avoidance. It’s a workaround, a way to beat the system, or maneuver around a law to one’s favor...
Helping Refugee Children

Helping Refugee Children

Vacation Bible School is a safe, welcoming environment for children to learn about Jesus, for teenagers to learn valuable life skills, and for adults to step into leadership roles. But the St. Michael’s program doesn’t stop there! We encourage campers and volunteers...
The Feast of Pentecost

The Feast of Pentecost

A couple of years ago I was having coffee with a local Roman Catholic priest. There was no real agenda, just an opportunity to meet and get to know one another. One thing he said has stuck with me. We were discussing various developments and changes within the life of...