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Archive - December 2014

Grace changes us

Grace changes us

“All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.” – Flannery O’Connor Many of you know that I go for a run everyday. Given the reality of NYC in the winter, most days are not ideal for running, but I do...

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

As a little boy, one of my favorite moments of the year was getting up early on Christmas morning, trying to get mom and dad out of bed so we could open presents. As a priest, one of my favorite moments of the year is getting up early on Christmas...

The Anxious Savior

The Anxious Savior

Another year, another Haitian Christmas, and another Haitian surprise. As usual this time of year, Mission Youth is preparing for its “Bring Christmas to Haiti” mission trip. As chaplain to this Regnum Christi apostolate, I’ve been working for a...

Christmas…Liberia…Ebola

Christmas…Liberia…Ebola

I hope this finds you well! I am sorry my updates have been sporadic — life in West Africa has been an adventure that changes daily. Over a week ago Korto — an Ebola survivor — and her three-month-old daughter, Josephine, came to...

WWI

WWI

“Service above self.” I saw this motto engraved on a WWI Memorial at a park beside Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand. This year, 2014, is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. And as I stood on the beach watching the children...

Ignition 2014

Ignition 2014

OK, most of you are getting ready for Christmas: decorations, gifts, food, church services, shopping, food, vacations, family events, food. (I really like the food part.) But some folks are getting ready for Ignition. Ignition is a New Year’s...