Blog Posts from May, 2017

A Different Kind of Peace

Heavy-934552 1280 Acts 14:19-28; John 14:27-31a At first glance, today’s readings seem to be a study in contrasts—hardship, hard work and an exhausting stream of activity by the apostles in Acts versus Jesus’ gift of his peace to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.  Do let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”—John 14:27 The world promises peace from the outside:  through wealth and security, by means of negotiation or imposition, through power, control

An Odd Distance, a Common Problem

Untitled Easter Weekday I’ve now been running for 40 years. What started as “plan B” to earn a  high school letter after my basketball ambitions exceeded my talent and height has become a rewarding avocation.  Over that time I’ve covered tens of thousands of miles on six continents.  In the early years—high school, college and perhaps a decade after that, I competed and trained hard.  These days (especially after aortic valve replacement surgery about 18 months ago) I feel blessed just being able to get out there in the morning, put

Episode 14 Tap Into Life - Detroit

18301772 1148968915208839 1634100880356727286 n Listen to our recent podcast episode!   On May 4, 2017 Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the Decree regarding the miracle attributed to the intercession of Fr. Solanus Casey, allowing Fr. Solanus' Cause for Canonization forward. Fr. Solanus is to be Beatified! Hear from Fr. Larry Webber and Fr. Tom Nguyen as as they talk about what that means and how Fr. Solanus still inspires us 60 years after his death. Do you have comments about the podcast? Email us:   Want to join Fr. Tom at his monthly Young

Bread of Life, Food for Witness

Eucharist-1591663 1280 St. Athanasius Acts 7:51-8:1a; John 6:31-35 Sustained by the Bread of Life, Saints Athanasius and Stephen were each able to remain faithful to and endure their particular calls to martyrdom or witnessing to Christ.  For Stephen, it was what some would call the traditional or red form of martyrdom: death by stoning for confessing that Jesus, the one crucified by the religious and secular leaders of his day, was the Son of God.  For Athanasius, it was an un-bloody or what some would call a white form of martyrdom:  he was exiled five times from his