An old dog learning new tricks

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” So the adage goes. 

Well, this old mutt is learning new tricks nearly every day.

The last few years have been quite tumultuous …

The bloom is off the lily

Friday 20 April 2018 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — Easter weekday

Here we are in the middle of our celebration of the Easter season, …

‘Do not be afraid of holiness’

Last week, Pope Francis published an apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world. Entitled Gaudete et Exsultate, “Rejoice and Be Glad,” …

Time with God

Nature caught up with our Liturgical season this year, giving us the most challenging and stormy 40 days of Lent, followed by an Easter week ripe with the promise …

The wrong-headedness of ‘wrongful birth’ lawsuits

At its core, the idea of a “wrongful birth” claim is unreasonable and ethically incoherent. Parents who bring these lawsuits against obstetricians and hospitals …

Let’s not airbrush the season

There is beauty and wonder in the season leading up to the Nativity, and a hushed reverence thereafter. We are called to embrace the God of True Light, Who …

On loving the Holy Father

March 13 marked the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as bishop of Rome, successor of Peter and head of the Universal Church. As always with …

Love — God’s ultimate gift

What is love? Today the word “love” is used and overused, to the extent that one can wonder about its sincerity and true meaning. Yet this weekend’s Gospel speaks of …

On the rocks

If you have an alcoholic drink such as scotch on the rocks, you have a shot with ice in it. If a Marriage or a business is on the rocks, it means …

Change of residence

I realized the depth of faith revealed in the tale Father was using in his homily. He was describing a priest who, instead of tabulating deceased parishioners, …

Extraordinary ordinariness

I have been writing in this space for nearly 12 years and most times I truly wonder, as I prepare this article, what is the one profound thing I can say …

Time to slow down

Prayer has been one of those activities that most of us have referred to, but struggle with when it comes to its actual practice. What is prayer? What does …

Grace and mercy

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