For some, every day is Memorial Day

It’s a day set aside to remember the selfless women and men who sacrificed their very lives to keep all that we in America hold Sacred and often times take for granted — …

Go long

Wednesday 25 May 2016 — Homeport: Falmouth Village — 39th anniversary of release of the movie “Star Wars”

Most of my memories of junior high school, dear readers, are blurred. Just as well. Those are difficult years in the life of any kid. …

The Root and Fruit of the Jubilee of Mercy

The celebration of the Eucharist, in words made famous by the Second Vatican Council, is the “source and summit,” the font and apex, the alpha and omega of the Christian …


Evangelizing through example in the parish, home

One could summarize the entire body of Scripture that we heard during the Easter season in one word: Evangelize! After the death of Jesus when chaos ensued, there came a time of great clarity of mission. Go and make disciples of all the nations (Matthew); Proclaim the Gospel to the entire world (Mark); Preach repentance and forgiveness of sins (Luke); Feed my sheep! …

Embryos and the ‘14-day rule’

Arguments in favor of research on human embryos typically play off our unfamiliarity with the way that we ourselves once appeared and existed as embryos. Humans in their tiniest …

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. 

Feed them yourselves …

“Give them food yourselves.” But Lord, there are way too many people here; there is no way we can possibly feed all of them. Sound familiar! How often have we felt so …


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. …

‘… and a child shall lead them’

Isaiah 11:6 reads: “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.”

This Biblical passage doesn’t really refer to a child leading adults by example. …

Love will never be silenced

The other evening I was visiting a friend at a nursing home. As we were returning to her room, we approached a resident who was crying. This was a resident with dementia. I told my friend that I’d catch up with her in a few minutes. …

Be not afraid

There is a phrase that we’ve heard many times in our lives. In fact, it is a phrase that, I have learned, is repeated more than 300 times in the Gospels, which would seem to elevate …

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 …

Make the morning last

One of the greatest lessons we can learn is to be patient. We need to slow down and live life’s every moment to the fullest. Can you do that? If you can, then patience is indeed one of your virtues. …

Water: The essence of our bodies and our Spiritual life

The readings for April 17 included the following line from the book of Revelations 7:9-17, “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their Shepherd; ‘He will lead …

Seasons of the journey

St. Pope John Paul II described the unique essence of woman in these words: “The moral and Spiritual strength of a woman is joined to her awareness that God entrusts the human being to her in a special way” (


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