Psalm 80 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Restore us, O God; let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved.” Psalm 80:3 Reflection:  It may seem strange to turn to this psalm on the day after Easter. Yes, I know, it was the next one on the list.  But it sounds penitential and pleading to me, like it is unfinished […]

Psalm 14 (Psalms on the Trail)

“When the Lord restores the fortunes of the people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad”  Psalm 14:7 Reflection: I love the Church.  Sometimes as an institution it has been awkward, foolish, hurtful, and abusive.  I have suffered because of it.  Sometimes it has lost its way and forgotten its purpose.  I have gotten caught […]