Paul plans to include comments on many and varied topics. It will be to be an open place for him to share life experiences or observations, current event perspectives, people he respects and why, or anything else that is on his mind. It promises to make interesting reading.
It’s been a while since I’ve written and there needs to be some explanation. It is family. Priorities are often reordered in my life. As a pastor, I can plan for activities of a given day and often find those priorities adjusted by events and emergencies unforeseen as morning gives way to the hours of the day. This, over the years, has become the cadence of my life. Most often, it has been related to the needs of congregation, friends, and neighbors of my community. Most recently it has been with my family and our congregation has been gracious, concerned… Read More »
The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains has long been a place off the main highway that goes through Yarnell. It suffered significant damage during the Yarnell Hill Fire of 2013. On its 75th. Anniversary a year later, I was asked to be the keynote speaker and the following is my impressions of this quiet place that holds my heart. This Quiet Place Jesus deeply valued time in quiet places such as the Garden of Gethsemane for prayer to the Father and reflection on his journey. He would have been much at home here among the rocks, oaks, brush… Read More »