This feeder is for the birds

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I never knew the origin of the saying that something “was for the birds.” I knew it meant worthless or not to be bothered with,...

Gratitude for 50 years of love, and counting

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This is a week in which many of us slow down and thank God for the blessings He has given to us, to our...

Endbeginnings

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As a teen-ager, Jesus’ words about the end of the ages (Mk 13:24-32) seemed so frightening that I quickly moved past them to latch...

Tis the season (alas)

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I guess it all began shortly after the Fourth of July. But now that Halloween is over, the media blitz begins in earnest. It’s Christmas....

Family, holidays, and what to say

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There is something special about this time of year. The unique traditions, decorations, and gatherings associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas are, at least for...

A day of gratitude or mourning?

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Last December 16, we marked the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ disembarking in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and this year we celebrate the quatercentenary of the...

Passing the baton in Kalaupapa

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I have lost a step or two since my high school running days — 60 years, but I still enjoy watching track and field on...

Decisions of consequence

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I recently watched a compelling video prepared by a group called “Heartbeat International.” They provide women, who regret having taken an abortion pill, the chance...

Dining with the pelicans

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Once every five years or so, Denise and I scrape up enough to take a nice escape trip, to refresh the mind and body. Because...

Godparents as guides to holiness

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On October 16, the New York Times ran an article on how the Archdiocese of Catania, Sicily, had prohibited godparents or sponsors for the...

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