Friday, August 29, 2014

Shall We Pray?

So...we need to pray.

There are spiritual battles going on.... and there is no other way.
There are spiritual challenges out there.... and there is no other way.
There are problems and people.... and there is no other way.
There are institutions and entitlements.... and there is no other way.
There are injustices and damnations.... and there is no other way.
There are times when the soul is exhausted... and there is no other way.
Go to Jesus...Go to prayer...

Jesus is The Way.... and there is no other way.

It is a rough time--the world right now.  Satan has been working overtime to try and thwart and dismantle and chaosticize (i made that one up!)....but prayer and fasting (real fasting) These are the ways.

Friday, August 15, 2014

What a Ride

So it has been a while.
Much has happened.

All Grace....

And what a ride it has been!

I began my sabbatical about year ago.
I shut down most of my social media connections--twitter, Facebook, and even stepped away from blogging..then....

I traveled to Rome and made a few side pilgrimages.

I climbed mountains in Utah

I played in rock n roll concerts with my son.

I spent time listening...really listening.

I read some, prayed some more, and even did some gardening.

I fretted over the state of the world and the sins and evils.
I prayed.

I let my hair grow (what's left of it) and finally( taking my wife's suggestion) --cut my beard.
I started a new job...then ended up having a full summer of being a Dad, Husband, Son--and Uncle.

I tried to grow organic things in the garden and remodeled a basement.

nnnnnervous dad

snow in Utah

I prayed some more and then would think about writing.
...about finishing a children's book....about maybe getting back into music...and then I realized how fast everyday is moving.

Too fast.

I guess in some ways I needed to just BE.
What this means?
I have no idea.

I would hear of all the evils and sins in the world and think of how trivial me writing some thoughts would be.  So I would just shut down and have restless nights.

Part of me would love to share my insights--the ones that came to me throughout these past months.
(I admit part of me would love to stand and offer a homily or two.  But--not to be--- at least in this lifetime.)

So where does that leave all of this?  For some reason I reinstituted a twitter account and a Facebook page for the book.  I still believe it is a worthwhile story--one that invites the soul to simply surrender.  If you get a chance and happen upon this could you connect the links and share them with your friends?
I believe it may get exciting!!

In the mean time.
Pray and Fast....

twitter is @ShepherdLost

facebook is simply the title of the book;  A Lost Shepherd
from one of my favorite taverns in Gettysburg PA

I find it a little interesting that I decided to blog on this the Feast of the Assumption.
Yep...pray and fast.  Our Lady of Medugorje...pray for us.

Friday, July 25, 2014

For Sale (no seriously) A Lost Shepherd's Motorcycle

Life changes and so must we.

I would like to find some way of posting this in a somewhat elegant manner but let's just cut to the chase.

I'm selling my Harley Davidson Softail Slim FLS.

Why?--a reordering of life commitments (and a need to fund my son's musical endeavors...he is slated to tour as an oboist with his orchestra to China next year)

It was a gift from my lovely wife--in celebration of the completion of the book; A Lost Shepherd.   It was a great gift that afforded some great rides.  Just taking an hour or so and tooling around our rural area was nice.  I always began each ride with the sign of the Cross (my wife had me put a Sacred Heart of Jesus visor clip in the bag!).
Pray Anywhere!
On every ride I prayed--there was no automatic turn on of the radio or need to have the cell phone connected.
In many ways it was easier to pray on the motorcycle than in church before Mass!

Maybe that's the point of this--Pray Anywhere.
For me that 'Anywhere' always changes.

2012 Harley Davidson FLS Slim
2700 miles 1690 cc
In the evening with my wife and son and father--the rosary.
In the morning
In the truck
On a mountain
In an airport
On the tractor
In the garden
On the lake
While my son drives...
Just the other evening when an old member of the church where I was the rector stopped over in need of prayer and a chance to talk with my wife.
prayer all the time...
That is why Our Lady of Medugorje says...Pray Pray Pray!!!

The 'Anywhere' becomes the 'Everywhere' and this motorcycle was a great instrument to the 'Everywhere' for me.

 If you are interested please contact this email.
FLS Slim 2012