Browsing Deacon Wilson's Wisdom

Be Not Afraid

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 6/22/20

     In today’s gospel, Jesus tells the apostles:  “Fear no one!”  “Do not be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul.”  Many probably think that this charge to have courage under persecution has little to do with us.  We live ordinary lives distant ... Read More »

Food for Life

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 6/17/20

     “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”  These words are startling and visceral, and to those without faith, downright grotesque.  However, with ... Read More »

Divine Love

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 6/08/20

     The feast of the Holy Trinity celebrates the sharing of a love-relationship between God and humanity as Father, Son and Spirit. Without God’s willingness to share that relationship, we would find ourselves cut off, alone, unfulfilled, and spiritually deficient.  However, we have been made aware of that divine ... Read More »

Come Spirit God

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 6/01/20

     As Christians, we profess our belief in a God who is Father, Son and Spirit.  Yet in our day-to-day living, we most often imagine God as Father or Savior, rather than a Spirit God of wind or fire.  The vision of God as spirit is probably most foreign ... Read More »

Mission Possible - Always

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 5/26/20

     In today’s Gospel Jesus said to his apostles: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation.”  Those words, possibly the last he spoke to them, shaped their mission and their lives. After three years of teaching and preaching, he reminded them one ... Read More »

The Power Promise

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 5/18/20

     We have all had memorable experiences that stick with us long after they occur.  These memories make an impact because they impress us with their grandeur, their beauty, or their power.  One such image that I remember is the sound and power of Niagara Falls.  Driving from Lake ... Read More »

Welcome Home

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 5/11/20

     Occasionally when I find myself in that part of Kenosha where I grew up, I take a detour and drive past my old neighborhood.  It’s a nostalgic moment as I stop in front of the white house on the corner where I grew up, and allow a flood ... Read More »

Shepherds All

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 5/04/20

     While the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd was once very popular, many of us today might not appreciate being compared to sheep.  From ancient Hebrew Scriptures Ezekiel reminds us:  “I myself will look after and tend my sheep.  …I will rescue them, give them rest…the lost ... Read More »

Down the Road

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 4/29/20

     We have all had the experience of losing our way and desperately searching for road signs and GPA directives that will lead us successfully to our destination.  After many wrong turns, missed markers, and a shattered sense of direction, we realize we are hopelessly lost. A similar happening ... Read More »

Christ's Love Forever

Posted by Janice Schmidbauer on 4/20/20

Human understanding can only develop when some connection---some bond exists among people.  Empathy is strengthened by love, and relationships are enhanced when a common connection is recognized.  An orchestra conductor will tell you that it is easy to tell if a musician loves the music being played by the ... Read More »