Electric Cars

A few years ago I purchased a used Subaru Outback. Given my history of buying and keeping a car for long periods and the reputation of the Outback, it will probably be the last car I ever have. (Note: being a Franciscan friar, the Province actually owns the vehicle, but it is in my care and use). The previous car (Toyota Scion) I drove for 12 years. The average ownership of an Outback exceeds 10 years…. so…. I am guessing I will not participate in the move to all electric cars. Continue reading

Dramatic in the Ordinary

In the gospel for last Sunday,  a scribe approached Jesus and asked, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” All the centuries later, we Christian people know the answer. We know it well. The first commandment is to love – to love God with our entire being, all that we are, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We all know what to do…but… Everyone of us can easily think of our epic failures in fulfilling the first and greatest of the commandments. During the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a very common confession includes “failing to put God first.” If I ask what that means to the person it is often answered with accounts of falling short on love of God or neighbor. As I said, we all know what we are called to do. As challenging as it is, simply put, we are called to be all-in. How do we become “all-in”? Continue reading