From Joe's Desk...
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to lead a retreat across from the Six Flags amusement park in Vallejo, California. During one of my breaks, I was looking out across the lake (the lake separated the retreat center from the amusement park) at one impressive roller coaster after another;... Read more
How many of us woke up this morning, and without giving it much thought, got dressed? How many of us woke up this morning, and with great care, went through our wardrobe to pick out a matching pair of clothes, or outfit that was our “Sunday best?” How many of... Read more
This past Sunday in the Hollcraft household, there was a brief exchange of words that went something like this: Isaac, my 3 year old son: (While looking at a picture of Mary kissing the feet of the crucified Jesus) “He dead?” Mommy: “Yea, that is Mary kissing his feet.” Isaac:... Read more
On Divine Mercy Sunday, Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII became forever know as Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII. Pope Francis clearly had something in mi nd when he decided to bypass the typical miracle required for the canonization of Saint John XXIII, and have... Read more
What do you think of when you first hear the word dynamite? The demolition of structures, gun-powder sticks, maybe a movie that featured the nitroglycerin ba sed explosive; for myself, I will never be able to remove the fictional character of “J.J. Evans” (Jimmie Walker) from the 70’s sitcom Good... Read more