Entries by Father Scott


At the end of August I visited our hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico. The purpose of my trip was to meet the new Executive Director and the board of directors; interview some of the staff, especially the social worker, and review the money that we sent to the hospital to pay for the medical attention that […]


     Sooner or later a child realizes that life is tough. Some parents prepare their children for this realization by telling them this fact early in life; and then saying no to one of their requests just so they can learn to handle a “No!”.  More than ever this important lesson is becoming difficult […]

Miracles Happen

I am not one to use the word “miracle” lightly, but I want to tell you about what happened on the morning of April 29th that seemed like a miracle. For the ninth year in a row, we held a run/walk to support the Anna Seethaler Hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is called the Ole […]

All In

We have just celebrated Easter. This year when I preached, I called Easter: “All In Sunday.” Allow me to explain. I was about seven-years-old when my family got our first TV. There were not a lot of programs on then. My two brothers and I loved the Cowboy Shows. Gene Audrey, Roy Rogers, Hop-a-long Cassidy were […]

Return to God with All Your heart

Dear Friends: For forty-seven years of priesthood I have been preaching during Lent. This Lent I have a full schedule of preaching. I have found when preaching, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. I believe that this is true in our relationship with God. To appreciate all […]

Lent 2017

For most people, the emphasis of Lent is about giving up. They are encouraged to give up something they like. People are told that they must fast and abstain. The Church urges them to give up a pattern of sin in their lives by making a good confession and a firm purpose of amendment. Although […]

Principles of Positive Thinking

I begin this blog by quoting something that St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians: “Fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is good, noble and holy.”  He also wrote in Philippians: “Have that mind in you that was in Christ Jesus.” Our minds have great power over us. One […]

The God Problem, Part II

Christians, in defense of their faith and their country, find themselves battling the forces of evil with one arm tied behind their back. What I mean is that our faith does not allow us to use the same tactics that our opponents use. Here is a list of the things that Jesus would never want […]

The God Problem

Perhaps you have heard the phrase: “The elephant on the room”.  It refers to an issue that people don’t want to deal with, but if they don’t, they will never reach the right conclusion or have peace in their lives.  “The God problem” is the modern day “elephant in the room” for our country and […]

Secret to a Healthy New Year

During the week between Christmas and the New Year, nutritionists, psychologists, social workers, athletic trainers and talk show hosts give their suggestions on how to have a healthy New Year. Although I appreciate all their ideas, the ones that really speak to me come from Saint Pope John XXIII. I hope you find them helpful. […]