Cheerfully Helping Others

The following is my weekly letter to the Bishop Chatard parent community:

I received the following e-mail from a woman with no apparent connection to Bishop Chatard. It speaks well to the community we strive to inspire and nurture each day.

“I just wanted to tell you about my experience with a Bishop Chatard boy last Thursday evening. It was after 8:00 p.m. and the grocery parking lot was dark. I had finished shopping, and I was walking to my car with a very full shopping cart. As I started putting bags into my car, I noticed a young man watching me from the car next to me. In a matter of seconds, he was out of his car and walking toward me. To be honest, I was scared at first. But he smiled and asked if he could help me put the items in my car.  He immediately began unloading my shopping cart and within minutes all my purchases were in the car.   Continue reading


Our Gratitude Reminds Us of Our Helplessness

November 15, 2017

“Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Luke 17:11-19)

As Jesus was traveling, He came across ten lepers, and taking pity on them, cured them of their disease. Of the ten who were cured, only one returned to thank Jesus and offer Him praise.

We are like this at times, aren’t we? When we want something, we focus our time and energy on Jesus, hoping He will answer our prayers. And when He does, we turn from Him and go about our business, often taking credit for our good fortune. How quickly we forget.

You may wonder why we need to thank Jesus. He doesn’t need our gratitude, right? No, He does not need it, but we need to show it. In doing so we are humbled – we acknowledge that we are nothing without Him.

Our gratitude serves as a reminder of our own helplessness and our need to have Jesus in our lives.

Affirmation Shouldn’t Drive Your Behavior

November 14, 2017

When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’ (Luke 17:10)

Today’s reading from Luke gives us a reminder of our role as Christians. We are to do as we’ve been commanded. It is our job – it’s what we’re supposed to do.

But we don’t want to be unprofitable servants, do we? We want some profit – a kind word, a quick thank you, a little affirmation. Everyone deserves that, right? Is wanting that wrong?

No, wanting or appreciating a little affirmation here and there is not wrong. However, depending on it or needing it is wrong. Allowing it to drive our behavior is wrong.

It’s about humility. We do what God calls us to do because it is the right thing to do. As Christians, that’s what we signed up for. Our motivation is pleasing God and gaining eternal life. When we need affirmation or recognition to motivate us, our focus turns in on us and away from God.

Parenting Workshop

The Bishop Chatard Office of Campus Ministry is sponsoring a BCHS Parent Village event!

Thursday, November 16, 2017 – A Toolbox for the Christian Parent

7:00-8:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House – 5353 E 56th Street in Indianapolis

 Presented by Deacon Rick Wagner

  • Practical ideas for “putting flesh” on the framework of Christian parenting
  • What kids really want
  • Meeting challenges head-on
  • Being creative in building the parent-child relationship
  • The importance of ritual

Open to all parents of the North Deanery.

Note: There is no cost for this event, but we do request that you RSVP by going to:




“Give Your Peace to My Soul”

November 13, 2017

On this, the Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, I offer a prayer attributed to her:

Fortify me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit and give Your peace to my soul, that I may be free from all needless anxiety, solicitude and worry.

Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to You so that Your will may be my will.



Dear God: I Trust You

November 11, 2017

“…made known to all nations to bring about the obedience of faith…” (Romans 16:25-27)

As we head toward Christmas, and the celebration of Jesus coming into the world, it is a good time to reflect on our relationship with Him. Have we allowed it to be one-sided?

Yes, He came to save us from sin. Yes, He came to bring us joy and hope, and to allow us to experience unconditional love. But His birth, as Paul notes in his letter to the Romans, also calls us to an obedience of faith. We have a part to play in our relationship with Jesus.

Deitrich Bonhoeffer, an influential theologian who was martyred under the Nazi regime, said, “For faith is only real when there is obedience, never without it, and faith only becomes faith in the act of obedience.”

Obedience involves relinquishing control, a challenge for many of us. When we obey, we tell God, “I trust You.” That is faith.