Oh, Canada — deuxième partie

When last we spoke, I was writing my column from a hotel room in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. I shared anecdotes of previous trips to the land of the Maple Leaf, and can …

Diamonds are forever (Marriages, not so much)

Friday 12 August 2016 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — Cecil B. DeMille’s birth anniversary (1881, Ashfield, Mass.)

Two professors of economics at Emory University recently compared …

The mystagogy of mercy in the Mass 

As we continue to examine throughout this Jubilee of Mercy God’s call to recognize our need for, receive, be transformed by and share the extraordinary gift of God’s merciful love, …


The waters of Baptism

We live in a Sacred place here on the South Coast of Massachusetts. Water defines us, employs and blesses us with its abundance. Ethnic cultures make a sacramental out of the oceans …

Talking to kids about porn and human sexuality

A growing concern today involves the role of pornography as the next generation’s instructor in human sexuality. For many young people, pornography has become the only guide to sexuality they have ever known. …

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, …

Goodbye, Dolly

A few months ago, the mother of one of my best friends died. Her name is Ruthanne “Dolly” Donahue. I knew her, because I knew her son Jim from the time he arrived at MIT as a freshman in 1987 until he got a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard in the 1990s. …

Through Your eyes

In a world of confusion, bitterness and hatred, we hear Jesus telling His disciples “Ask and it shall be given, knock and it shall be opened” (Lk 11). Yet, we wonder why is all this still happening all around us? …


‘Kalaupapa’s Got Talent’

On April 11, 2009, a 47-year-old Scottish lass named Susan Boyle shocked and stunned the listening audience of “Britain’s Got Talent” show with her jaw dropping rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream.” …

Let no one look down on you because you are young

Ten years ago I wrote a reflection paper on Christian Leadership Institute. In that reflection I covered a play-by-play of the days I spent at Cathedral Camp and focused heavily on the relationships I built during my time there. 

We never know where or when

Where have you seen the Face of Christ? We are taught to look for God in everyone. The lowly and the mighty are each bestowed with a God given dignity that compels us to act with charity to all and mercy to those who suffer. …

All of God’s children

It was a glorious summer morning. I was enjoying watching the birds on my morning walk. I glanced over at a newspaper kiosk. There was a picture of a young boy on the front. Assuming …

Rest stop ahead

With two recently born grandsons, my wife and I are spending more time on the road traveling from here to western Connecticut to spend time with our children and grandchildren. …

The relevancy of God

I can recall growing up attending Mass each Sunday. For me, it was more something that we did than it was an occasion to worship God and to receive Him in the Eucharist. I didn’t really want to go and looked forward to the times when we didn’t make it.

Go for the gold

I do not know if anyone else has been addicted to the Olympics this year but I totally have been watching endlessly. As you know, I love sports so this is obviously something I would be drawn too. I cannot help but watch as records are broken. …

Simple pleasures

I look forward to the summer. For me it’s a time to unwind, relax, enjoy the warm weather and do a lot of thinking. I am up early each morning, especially when the sun is shining. I make some coffee and go out in the yard. …

Biodiversity (Variety) is the spice of life

In his encyclical, Laudato Sí, Pope Francis speaks of the loss of biodiversity in the world today. Biodiversity refers to the number of different species of living organisms that inhabit our planet. 

Detour to Brooklyn, lesson in kindness

Working my first black tie dinner as a very junior public relations person, I learned virtually nothing about my chosen profession. The scale, pace and glitz of the fund-raising dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City during the early 1980s overwhelmed me. …


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