Friday, August 15, 2014

A Lost Shepherd, Michael Ripple: What a Ride

A Lost Shepherd, Michael Ripple: What a Ride: So it has been a while. Much has happened. All Grace.... And what a ride it has been! I began my sabbatical about year ago. I shut d...

Friday, July 25, 2014

For Sale (No Seriously) A Motorcycle

Life changes and so must we.

I would like to find some way of posting this in a somewhat elegant manner but let's just cut to the chase.

I'm selling my Harley Davidson Softail Slim FLS.

Why?--a reordering of life commitments (and a need to fund my son's musical endeavors...he is slated to tour as an oboist with his orchestra to China next year)

It was a gift from my lovely wife--in celebration of the completion of the book; A Lost Shepherd.   It was a great gift that afforded some great rides.  Just taking an hour or so and tooling around our rural area was nice.  I always began each ride with the sign of the Cross (my wife had me put a Sacred Heart of Jesus visor clip in the bag!).
Pray Anywhere!
On every ride I prayed--there was no automatic turn on of the radio or need to have the cell phone connected.
In many ways it was easier to pray on the motorcycle than in church before Mass!

Maybe that's the point of this--Pray Anywhere.
For me that 'Anywhere' always changes.

2012 Harley Davidson FLS Slim
2700 miles 1690 cc
In the evening with my wife and son and father--the rosary.
In the morning
In the truck
On a mountain
In an airport
On the tractor
In the garden
On the lake
Just the other evening when an old member of the church where I was the rector stopped over in need of prayer and a chance to talk with my wife.
prayer all the time...
That is why Our Lady of Medugorje says...Pray Pray Pray!!!

The 'Anywhere' becomes the 'Everywhere' and this motorcycle was a great instrument to the 'Everywhere' for me.

 If you are interested please contact me via the email associated with this blog.

FLS Slim 2012

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Yes it has been quite some time since a full fledged entry in the world of blogdom.

It has been a purposeful abandonment from making entries.

My travel to Vatican City, Rome, and Italy during this past Easter Season left me with much to process and ponder.  It would have been a dis-service to just shoot some off the cuff comments here and there.  The truth is my travel turned into a pilgrimage and I am still being affected.

Upon my return I found myself having no desire to give words to what my senses experienced let alone my heart in a little mountain-top community in Collavalenza.

It was there that I was introduced--via a new friend, Alfredo--to the life of Venerable Mother Esperanza.  It was there that I was profoundly affected.
It was there that, once again, the gift of spiritual perspective was granted.

A day before I knelt in St. Francis's little church in Assisi
And then days later I knelt at the crucifix where Padre Pio received a phenomenal blessing...

So, my friends words are not possible.

This pilgrimage silenced me.

There will be a time when I will begin to write again. So much is stirring...
There may even be another book.

For now though---pray and fast.