These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent his angel to deliver the servants who trusted in him; they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God." (Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95)
I grew up with the story of the three youths in the fiery furnace singing the praises of God. The Canticle of the Three Youths is a favorite. The Canticle goes on to invite all creation, including mountains and hills, dolphins and all water creatures, beasts wild and tame, to give “glory and praise forever!”