The Icon of Christ the Servant

It’s hard to believe that I am approaching my third year of ministry here at St. Peter’s. These past three years have been a time of great learning and the gradual integration of my life roles as husband, father, grandfather and deacon. I am so grateful to Father Steven, and [...]

Keeping Our Eyes On Jesus

In our gospel this weekend, Jesus asks his disciples an important question: “But who do YOU say that I am?” It is to this question that Peter steps forward in faith and answers, “You are the Christ.” This is an important question for each of us to answer, as we [...]

Covering Our Baldness

In the Garden of Eden, after the fall, Adam and Eve realized they were naked, and so they hid from the Lord. Like scared children they realized that they had disobeyed the Father and attempted to hide in their shame. By the time you read this, I will have survived [...]

A Thorn In The Flesh To Make Me Humble!

Our second reading this weekend is taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. In this letter, St. Paul talks about “a thorn in the flesh.” While he doesn’t really say what it is, he tells a lot about the effect that this burden has on his life. St. Paul [...]

Building Upon The Rock Of St. Peter

It is time again for our most favorite of feasts, the celebration of our patron, St. Peter. Father Steven and I hope that everyone can join us for a fun-filled celebration. St. Peter was an intriguing fellow. I am constantly drawn to St. Peter, because I can see so much [...]

Inviting Jesus To Your Wedding

Imagine that you are the wonderful person who was responsible for bringing two totally amazing people together, and now they are getting married. You have prayed for them, hoped for them and lovingly watched their relationship blossom. Your joy is beyond belief! They have announced their wedding, and you wait [...]

Living With Expectant Faith

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord. We are connected to Jesus in a most powerful way, whenever we receive His Precious Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Several months ago, I visited the Washington County Jail for a Word and Communion [...]

Three Equals One

It is a scene that I have witnessed countless times in my brief time as a deacon. The parents present their beautiful child for baptism. The infant, dressed in a pristine white gown, is about to encounter the Trinity in a unique and beautiful way. I trace the sign of [...]

Heavenly Things. . .

  Let’s begin with a shout out to moms. The most beautiful example of motherhood is found in our Blessed Mother. The entire month of May is devoted to our Blessed Lady. Mary accepted the Father’s invitation to be the mother of our Savior. Mary, young and a little afraid, [...]

Learning to Surrender

  The great “spring” snowstorm/blizzard of April 11 and 12 will long live in my memory, both for the incredible amount of snow and for the lessons I learned. I found myself getting worried on Friday morning, as I prepared to leave for work. I wondered how much snow we [...]