Probability Zero

Gulf Shore Drive, Naples, Divine Mercy Sunday. I see the Peloton speeding toward me again. Smaller today, just three of them. Biking as a very tight group. No time to break to my left to escape their path. Within seconds, they’ll be flying past me at 40 miles an hour and within six inches. A

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Boundless Mercy

Mission Blog: Easter Orchid Series “Peace be with you…  Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God.”  John 21: 26, 28 Naples, The Octave of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.  Growing up in Newark at St. Leo’s Grammar School, St. Thomas had a bad rap with the nuns.  “Don’t be a doubting Thomas, Stephen!  You’re a Catholic!  Get some faith!”  So, rather

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Spiritual Communion

Mission Blog:  Easter Orchid Series “[The disciples from Emmaus] returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either.”  Mark 16:13 Naples,   Day Seven of the Easter Appearances.   I’m not sure about you, but I’m somehow getting more out of this “spiritual communion” at the daily “virtual Mass” than I thought I would.  Somehow, kneeling there before the

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The Fellowship Rises

Mission Blog: Easter Orchid Series “What we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3 Naples, Day Six of the Easter Appearances. Today we return to John’s record of

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The Apostles Experience the Risen Lord

Mission Blog:  Easter Orchid Series “They were still incredulous…and…he asked them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’”  Luke 24:41 Naples, Day Five of the Easter Appearances.  Last night on our evening walk and Gospel reflection, I found myself struggling again with this problem the apostles seem to be having recognizing the risen Lord.  Peter saw the empty tomb and

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Emmaus

Mission Blog: Easter Orchid Series “He was made know to them in the breaking of the bread.” Luke 24:35 Naples, Day Four of the Easter Appearances. Readers of The Missionary of Wall Street already know that today’s Easter Week reading, “The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus” from the Gospel of Luke, holds a very

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A Missionary Rises

Mission Blog: Easter Orchid Series “I have seen the Lord.” John 21:18 Naples, Day Three of the Easter Appearances. The two apostles Mary has brought with her to the empty tomb have left. Peter was astounded, confused. Something happened to John; he too left, with a different look on his face. Mary is heart-broken that

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The Easter Orchids Rise

Mission Blog: Easter Orchid Series Naples, Florida.  Down here in our Florida Corona-decampment/winter place, I’ve been waiting all the long and prolonged winter season for Evelyn’s orchids to bloom.  She’s a master gardener, but when we got back here in early winter from many months away, I declared them “dead”.  “They’re not dead Steve,” she countered confidently.  “I will

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Holy Saturday Challenge: “A Trifecta”

Mission in the Cloud.  Today we challenge you with a “Trifecta”.  After, this is the last day of Holy Week! Challenge 1:  Spend some time in prayer reflecting on all you’ve learned about yourself over this week. On the streets of SoHo, the missionaries like to call Holy Saturday “Last Chance Saturday.”  That may sound a

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