Thursday, July 16th, 2020

“For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9 One of the joys of summer for me has always been celebrating our Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Here in Tenafly we don’t share the urban traditions or the cultural intensity of other parishes famed for their summer blowout […]


Thursday, June 18th, 2020

While we all begin to slowly crawl back to normal—whatever that means these days—I’m thinking a lot about the small joys, those little revelations that sustained me during the long times of semi-isolation. The small things and moments, that to be honest, I hope never return me back to the relative normal of pre-pandemic days. […]


Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Ah, the images from a pandemic. Some have been deeply depressing, others quite funny, all a bit strange. Love and strangeness in the time of coronavirus I suppose. There was the image of my sister-in-law getting into a large inflatable bear costume for a shared friend’s 40th birthday drive by.  There was the time I […]


Thursday, May 7th, 2020

So at the Guerra/Stout house we’re counting day 55 of self-isolation. We’re doing surprisingly well. Of course, it helps to have a spouse that sees adventure in almost anything and has a stubborn doggedness in everything. She’s holding us up. How are you holding up? I thought I’d learn French, lose 15 pounds and write […]

I’ll See You At The Movies!

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Here we are again in September! How’s your sunburn?    It is without fanfare and is more of an announcement than a farewell, that after two years I am closing down the Reflections blog. Fear not! I’ll be back every other week but under a new title and focus.   The Reflections blog was created […]

Stranger Danger

Friday, August 11th, 2017

This weekend’s readings are powerful reminders of how we should welcome all! The first reading has the prophet Isaiah speaking about others not like him, writing about “foreigners who join themselves to the LORD.” He is articulating the universal call to holiness for all people. The psalmist sings, “O God, let all the nations praise […]

After The Fire

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

“After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave” (1 Kings 19:12-13). In one of the most famous stories from our own Carmelite tradition, the prophet Elijah, in his search for God, looks for […]

A Family Together, A Promise Kept

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

This past week we joined together as a community to support a homeless family. Encouraged by our pastor, Fr. Dan, we opened the doors of our beautiful facility and welcomed a beautiful family in the process of getting back on their feet. I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of spiritual and financial support as well […]

Wise Heart

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Good morning. I’m writing this week’s reflection in the early hours of the morning in my office as fellow parishioners and I stay overnight with our guests from Family Promise (more on that next week).  I’m a little bleary-eyed, but it is nice to drink coffee in early light and read this week’s Mass readings. […]

The Disabled God

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

This weekend’s first reading from the Book of Wisdom is beautiful. I’m not sure of course, but it seems to be where Shakespeare, raised a Catholic, found his inspiration for the famous “Quality of Mercy” speech from The Merchant of Venice. “Though you are master of might, you judge with clemency,” the passage says.  The […]

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