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To bee or not to bee, or let it bee

April is nearly over! In fact as of today’s issue, there is only one more day remaining in my least favorite month of the year.

Why is it my least favorite? There are a …

Living in a Godless state

Monday 25 April 2016 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — Feast of St. Mark, evangelist

You know me, dear readers. For recreational purposes, I study statistics. I find perusing data to be very relaxing. …

Mary, Mother of Mercy

On Sunday, we begin the month of May, traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It’s an opportunity for us, during this extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, to grow …


Building up the ‘Domestic Church’

Pope Francis unleashed his reflection on family life on April 8 amidst frenzied media attention. The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), was written by Pope Francis in response to the two synods on the family that he convened beginning in 2014. …

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. …

Three wishes for Christmas

No, this is not another cloying compilation of children’s letters to Santa. Rather I would like to share excerpts from three letters I’ve recently come across that reflect the best of the human Spirit at this precious time of year.

On to Galilee

The other day I met a parent of one of my former students. We got to reminiscing. She asked me if I remembered John (not his real name). What came to my mind was the vision of a very angry and inconsolable John sitting across from me in the guidance department. …

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 …

Be mercy for the glory of God

Let’s continue our talk on being mercy. This article will focus on the Spiritual Works of Mercy and how they show us to help with the Spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters.

Admonish the sinner

‘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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