Thank you so much for reading these reflections. I'm grateful for the little notes many of you email me after reading.
You are used to receiving a reflection from me on Saturday or Sunday. It's now been 38 weeks of reflections. And, though it took 2 weeks to write the much longer reflection on my grandfathers, it's time for a week off. I'm sorry, but there won't be a reflection this weekend.
Next weekend, instead of returning to reflections upon the Sunday gospel readings, I'd like to begin a series of reflections upon Jesus' beatitudes. I love the Sermon of the Mount. I hope you'll find the reflections edifying. As always, you should feel free to share these writings with anyone you'd like.
If you'd like to read something this week, you can read this reflection from November. It's about Mary.
In addition to that, if you don't already know, I have been offering audio lectures through the Saint Luke and Ascension website. They're on the papacy of Pope Francis and are modeled on an undergraduate class I taught a few times at the University of Dayton. I usually upload one talk each week. You can access those talks by clicking here.