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A real jersey barrier

A video came across my Facebook page last week. I’m not a big video fan, largely because many are quite lengthy, but this one caught my attention. It featured three men, out in …

Lengthentide

Friday 24 March 2017 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — Eve of Annunciation Day

Here we are, dear readers, already on the cusp of the Fourth …

Fatima, the Rosary and the path to peace

One of my favorite stories from the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima a century ago this year is how Our Lady was compelled gently to correct the three shepherd …

Merciful fast

There’s a challenge that has gone viral on Facebook called, “Forty Bags in Forty Days.” It intentionally coincides with the 40 days of Lent, promising to organize …

How does the Catholic Church resolve new bioethical questions?

A number of years ago, I participated in a debate at Harvard on embryonic stem-cell research which also included a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopalian clergyman, and …

Pondering the Church I

Now that we have become accustomed to the new translation of Holy Mass, it is possible that we risk hearing and reciting texts without much thought for the …

The end of Roe

Norma McCorvey, alias Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, died last month. Her obituary was front-page news in the New York Times. The 1973 decision that bore her …

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 …

There she blows

I met him for the first time this past summer when he appeared on the scene as one of the new guides for Damien Tours. He is tall and burly with …

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 …

From inflection to inspiration

It is called an inflection point. In mathematics it means a point of a curve at which a change in the direction of curvature occurs. In life it means a …

A glimpse inside

A first-year teacher reminded me of the question we each must answer. Namely, are the successes worth the sacrifices? I smiled at memories of one student who was …

It’s not just the NOT, but the DO!

I’ve never been one who is good at giving things up. I truly try to be a “giver” in all that I do, but I like my toys and other distractions. Over the …

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 …

Super day

It’s a super day to be a New England sports fan! What a crazy game! I am writing this column late because inspiration hit me on Friday that I should write about the big game. I did …

Be transformed

Throughout our lives we find ourselves on many different journeys. Each journey has a lesson to teach. Each journey transforms us, or at least should start to transform …

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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