What’s in a mother’s heart?

I will never know what is in the mind, heart and soul of a mother. I have enough trouble trying to discern my own feelings. But like the saying goes, “Anyone can be a father, …

Turkeys on the grass alas

Friday 13 May 2016 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — War declared on Mexico (1846)

With apologies to the acclaimed poet Gertrude Stein, we in Falmouth have no “pigeons on the grass.” We do, however, have turkeys on the grass. …

Mercy on fire

During this extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, it’s easy to focus on the mercy of God the Father. After all, the motto of this jubilee is “Merciful like the Father” and perhaps …


Evangelizing through example in the parish, home

One could summarize the entire body of Scripture that we heard during the Easter season in one word: Evangelize! After the death of Jesus when chaos ensued, there came a time of great clarity of mission. Go and make disciples of all the nations (Matthew); Proclaim the Gospel to the entire world (Mark); Preach repentance and forgiveness of sins (Luke); Feed my sheep! …

On ‘aging gracefully’

It seems odd, even a bit repulsive, when we encounter tales of elderly men running after women who are young enough to be their granddaughters. The wheelchair-bound billionaire …

Mothering the hard way

Many have heard of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian who in 2009 enraged the Muslim women with whom she was harvesting berries by drinking from their well. She was beaten, arrested, …

The Supremes suggest a real accommodation for the Little Sisters

On March 23, the Supreme Court heard 90 minutes of oral argument in the case of Zubik et al. v. Burwell et al., the case involving a challenge by religious organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor to the HHS regulation that requires them to either provide free contraceptive coverage to employees or designate their insurer or third-party-administrator of a self-insured plan to provide them. 

They will know you by your joy!

Finding joy, something we all search and long for, yet joy is a Christian’s natural birth right. As Lent comes to an end with the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, …


Taking a fall for Jesus

It was Easter Sunday morning. I had just rolled out of bed and was wielding my Bic razor when the phone rang. The female voice at the other end identified herself and apologized …

April showers

Snow showers, that is! Even down here in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, we are still seeing snow in the forecast. At this rate, I’ll be wearing mittens in July! OK, that’s enough of my commentary on the weather. 

However, my April showers reference does begin to segue into my message. …

Love will never be silenced

The other evening I was visiting a friend at a nursing home. As we were returning to her room, we approached a resident who was crying. This was a resident with dementia. I told my friend that I’d catch up with her in a few minutes. …

And God waits

Something is weighing heavy on my mind so, in this article, I would like to direct my words to parents, as well as our young people. Several events over the last few months have …

Opening ourselves to God’s graces

Recently I had the privilege of giving the invocation at UMass Dartmouth’s College Now/Start Banquet.  College Now is an alternative admissions program at the university. There …

Seasons of hope

It is that time of year again! Yes, Easter season! Happy Easter. It is also the season of spring! And for all of you fellow members of Red Sox Nation, it is baseball season! Three …

Make the morning last

One of the greatest lessons we can learn is to be patient. We need to slow down and live life’s every moment to the fullest. Can you do that? If you can, then patience is indeed one of your virtues. …

‘Water, water, everywhere nor any drop to drink’

The title of this column is the well-known lament of the mariner in Samuel T. Coleridge’s 1798 epic poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” where the mariner tells a wedding …

From the ‘pond’ to the ‘ocean,’ and back again: Consecrated virginity lived in the world

People sometimes wonder about the Spirituality that marks my journey as a consecrated virgin living in the world. I describe my life metaphorically as undulating between a “quiet pond” and the tumultuous “ocean.” 

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