Soul Seeing: The world stopped 23 years ago: April 19, 1990. Three-and-a-half-year-old Elizabeth closed her eyes and slumped.
Soul Seeing: The Gospel tells us that Jesus wept, but never that he laughed. But the mirth is there.
I was sitting at my prayer desk the other night, two flickering candles in front of me, letting my mind wander as I looked at the small framed icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that once belonged to my grandmother. It’s an inexpensive framed image, one that she must have had since the 1960s at least, but in the candlelight it shone like pure gold. And as I looked at it – a picture I see every single day -- I noticed something. For the first time, I realized that Mary and Jesus were holding hands.
That moved me.
Soul Seeing: The brain is a terrible thing. One in four Americans, from babies to retired football players, suffers from a brain disorder each year. And that's just now.
"Raise your hand when you hear a beep," the nurse instructed me. She held the testing device in my ear and I waited for a beep.
"Nothing?" she inquired.
"No," I answered, hoping the instrument wasn't working. But I never got to raise my hand that morning because I never heard a beep.
Soul Seeing: Forgiveness is the only way to begin anew, and Pope Francis has proven how much he appreciates its healing value.
Easter reflection: Holy Week spurs us to recall that first Easter morning dawning on a world not unlike our own.
Good Friday reflection: How could God allow the Holocaust to happen? one survivor wondered. When he saw Michelangelo's "Pieta," all became clear.
Soul Seeing: The trouble with the crucifix is we no longer see it, but rather filter the image through our eyes of faith.
Lenten reflection: Guilt has, over the years, gotten a bum rap. Guilt does, in fact, serve a useful purpose.