Entries by Father Scott

The Law of the Garbage Truck

Dear Friends: One of the biggest challenges of living in our fast pace modern world is dealing with the frustration caused by inconsiderate people in a way that neither harms you or them. I hope the following story, which is true, will help you deal with this frustration in a peaceful way.   “One day […]

A Reflection on Prayer

When people desire to deepen their prayer life, they sometimes worry about whether they are praying enough, how to handle distractions, how to deal with dryness and what is the best way to pray. Hopefully the following will help you to develop a good prayer life. My favorite definition of prayer is: “A heart to […]

Sacramental Marriage

I recently attended the 65th Wedding Anniversary of my cousin and his wife. To have been married that long and still be in love is a sermon in itself. All their children and most of their grandchildren were there. There was both laughter and tears as we celebrated their years together. Each of their four […]

Fatherhood

From my homily on Fathers Day: I begin with the story of man in the summer of 2013 who went to get help for his family when their sailboat overturned in rough waters off the coast of Eastern Maryland. He swam for three long hours, a distance of three miles before he reached land and […]

a painful story

Dear Friends:  Many years ago, a son of a family who were close friends, asked to meet with me. At the time he was in his thirties. When we met he revealed to me that he had been sexually molested by a priest during his high school years. I was the first person he was […]

Leadership

Dear Friends: Last week I told you that my community would be gathering for five days to elect new leaders and to make important decisions about our future. I told you that I would give you the results of our meeting. As far as electing our leader, I could not have been more happy. Here […]

Chapter

Dear Friends: Starting Memorial Day evening, my community will gather together in what is called a “Chapter.” We meet every three years to vote for new leaders as well as make important decisions. The meeting will last five days. Since we are in three states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Papua New Guinea, […]

A Tale of Two Races

TALE OF TWO RACES TODAY is the Pittsburgh Marathon. It is a rainy, dreary day, yet thousands upon thousands will run either the half marathon or the full marathon. They race to win a prize or prove something to themselves. They have prepared for the marathon for weeks if not months. They have watched their […]

Humor

If you know me or have heard me preach, you know that I like to tell jokes. There is an art to telling jokes. You need to be able to have three gifts.  The first is a good memory. Nothing is worse that getting to an end of a joke and forgetting the punch line. […]

My Lord and My God

RECENTLY, I DID SOMETHING I RARELY DO. I WENT TO A LARGE MALL NEAR WHERE I LIVE. EVERY TIME I WALK INTO A MALL, ALL MY SENSES ARE OVERWHELMED. I SEE ALL THE BRIGHT COLORS, I HEAR THE BACKGROUND MUSIC, I SMELL ALL THE FOOD AT THE FOOD COURT, AND I TOUCH THE DIFFERENT FABRICS. […]