10 Things I Am Thankful for Today


I want to use this space to give thanks to God this morning.

10. For my amazing, challenging and exhilarating life.

9.  For a job that I love and colleagues who inspire me.

8.  For the joy of living in Chicago.

7.  For my Jesuit brothers who keep me (relatively) sane and grounded.

6.  For the fresh air that the Spirit is blowing into our Church.

5.  For my wonderful first cup of tea. (I’m serious.)

4.  For Laura, my spiritual director.

3.  For blessing me with great friends.

2.  For the gift of laughter.

1.  For creating me.

What are you grateful for today?

P.S. This is not a photograph of me.

Unto Me

From Denise again, something new for me: Sand Art.  Here Gary Shockley “draws” Matthew 25 – “When you did it to the least of these…you did it unto me.” – on glass.  At almost 10 minutes, it’s much longer than what I’d normally post, but I found it mesmerizing.  It’s worth watching, if only for a couple of minutes.

God told me…


One of my colleagues is in the habit of saying, “And then God told me” this or that.  At first, I thought the person was being ironic or deliberately exaggerating some inner movement, but I now think my colleague believes that God does speak openly and directly.

I find that I have two distinct reactions: 1. Is this person for real? 2. I’m jealous.

There have only been a couple of times in my life where I was certain that God was very close to me, but I didn’t hear God issuing a command or saying anything.  They were more experiences of being enveloped in loving care.

Perhaps more people hear directly from God than I imagine.

What about you?  Does God “speak” to you?  How do you experience it?