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The new school could use a little old school

I’d like to thank my parents and Denise’s parents for being old school. It helped us to raise our children to be old school in a new school world. None of our parents attended college. …

National Hug Your Pastor Day

Friday 19 May 2017 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — Celebrate Whatever Day

Have you noticed, dear readers, that we seem to have “National …

A maternal ambassador’s peace plan unveiled at the United Nations

On May 12, at the very time Pope Francis was arriving in Portugal to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions and the canonization of SS. Francisco …

Hope

What do faith, hope and wishful thinking have in common? Two are theological virtues, one is our human tendencies to try to control God’s plan. Throughout our …

I’m not ‘intrinsically disordered!’

I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, …

The Church’s call to magnanimity

Many of us had music lessons in childhood. Hours dedicated to scales, rote exercises, and simple songs laid the foundation, introducing us to the challenging …

Trying to restore Judge Gorsuch

Recently, the Senate Judiciary Committee held several days of hearings on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the United States Supreme …

Whom do I serve?

“No one can serve two masters.” This is Jesus’ opening statement in this Sunday’s Gospel from Matthew. What is Jesus telling us? What is it we need to be wary of? Jesus goes on …

Lion tamer of Kalaupapa

Today, while preparing a homily, I read a story about a young man who was trying to get a job in a circus. He approached the circus manager who …

Eat the frog

With the Lenten season upon us, it’s about time we talk about sacrifices. So how do frogs play into this? Hear me out. 

As the coordinator for …

Lit by love of God and neighbor

The word “lit” has become a term of art in social media culture. If something or someone is “lit” they are cool, hip or novel. As the 76th Catholic Charities …

Knowing when to face the truth and when to dream

On my radio, the Air Supply song, “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” was playing. The line: “I know just when to face the truth, and then I know just when to …

Eating Twinkies with God

Occasionally, when I have a few moments, I’ll scroll through my Facebook feed. Once in a while I’ll come across something that sparks my interest and may …

It’s about who we are

I can remember thinking one time in college that I couldn’t wait to be out in the “real world.” It was during finals and I was pulling another all-nighter writing a paper that …

The next thing

I went to a Casting Crowns concert recently. I am a fan of Christian music and praying with music is one of my favorite ways to connect to Christ. There is something different about …

Where does your light shine?

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. …

Other persons are a gift

A few days ago I met a very little girl who made a big impression on me. Grace and her older brother Benedict suffer from a rare genetic disorder that has resulted in …



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