I could use a nice walk to Arlan’s 

Next week will mark the second anniversary of the passing of my dear old dad, Larry. The sting and the emptiness of his loss is still a very real and important part of my life, …

From the shadows into the Light

When I make my annual retreat, I generally warm up by reading one or more lives of the saints. This helps me to leave the busy-ness of the world, enter more deeply into the milieu …


“Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising …

Contradictory suicide messaging

In July 2014, police found the body of 18-year-old Conrad Roy inside his truck in Fairhaven, having died from carbon monoxide poisoning. 

As the case unfolded, it became apparent …

Threading the needle

Despite a tense political landscape that can be overwhelming at times, two overriding facts of life should draw us back from an emotional precipice. The first is that much of the …

On Cardinal Newman becoming a saint

On Sunday, October 13, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) in Rome. This 19th-century English convert to Catholicism was a brilliant …


September is already here, many of our children have returned or are returning to school. For many, this is a time excitement, wonder, and new beginnings, yet for some, there …

‘Sitting on the Dock of the Bay’

“Sitting in the mornin’ sun, I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes, watching the ships roll in and then I watch ’em roll away again. I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay watching …

The light in Death Valley

This summer I had the opportunity to share with educators a film that starts with the few stars one can see in the city sky and ends with the spectacular night sky above Death Valley. If you have never seen this sight, go to

Discover the Way

The story is told of a captain of a battleship doing maneuvers. It’s a dark, foggy night and off in the distance there is a light and his ship is moving towards this light. And it’s on a collision course. 

You are the company you keep?

I honestly have best friends in the world! 

I know you are reading this thinking, “No, I have the best friends,” but we will have to agree to disagree. 

We are well-aware that we are not a normal group of 30-somethings. …

Jean Vanier: A prophet for our time

When I was first asked to write this column, I must admit that I struggled with the proper subject. It was the recent death of a saintly, prophetic figure that clarified the matter for me.


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