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Poking the bear can be fun

One would think that after two years of dating followed by 40-plus years of Marriage, Denise and I would know each other pretty well by now. Well, that would be the case if …

Incomparable parents and Church builders

This Friday, July 12, is the feast of Sts. Louis and Marie-Azélie Martin, canonized together by Pope Francis in 2015. July 12 was chosen as their feast because it was on this …

Christus Vivit

Christus Vivit is going to change the way we form our youth, and thus, how we form ourselves for the ministry. This is not a document that comes to us from the lofty perch of an …

Securing authentic children’s rights

Children require extensive support and protection to meet their physical, emotional, and Spiritual needs. They are uniquely dependent on their parents because they are particularly …

Web of faith

As a child, I loved slipping into the yard early on summer mornings, when dewy webs cascaded precariously about the damp garden. The tiny threads held large drops of water — seeming …

Redressing anti-Catholic bias in education

There is a strange anomaly in American Constitutional Law as it has come down to us through the Courts: The freedom of private schools, including religious schools, to …

The Holy Spirit is knocking!

This is the time in our Liturgical year when the focus is placed on the Holy Spirit and all the Sprit embodies. For many in our local communities, this is a time of feasts and …

Sunset in the park

It has been 60 summers since I played Gaelic football with my schoolmates and others in our local ball field as the sun sank in the western sky. It has been somewhat less than …

Here I am, Lord

One instant the two boys were debating the next step in the AP Chemistry problem. The next, one had shoved the other. The principal entered demanding to know what was happening. One teen-age boy blurted out, “We all failed the test today. …

Follow Me

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the Cursillo Convocation at Stonehill College. Preparing for the convocation gave me an opportunity to reflect on my own call to discipleship.

Rain delay

Happy Summer! 

As I am sitting here typing this, the Red Sox just started playing after a four-hour rain delay. Last night they had a two-hour rain delay. 

Both times after the rain delays, the Red Sox came out swinging and hitting well. …

(Roman?) Catholic — Part Eight

Since all the Byzantine Rites share the same history of the schisms of Photius and Cerularius as the Ukrainian Rite, and since none of them has a presence in our immediate …

ROE Act testimony day

On Monday, June 17, I was blessed to be able to go to Boston with some members of Massachusetts Citizens for Life in the Fall River chapter, in protest of the ROE Act that …


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