The Fifth of July

What a glorious Fourth of July weekend it was. From Friday straight through Sunday evening, it was a warm, sun-soaked weekend spent on the deck with family and friends, food, beverages, …

Yum, yum

Friday 22 July 2014 — Sheltering in place — Birth Anniversary of Rev. William Spooner (1844) — See “spoonerism”

The German language, dear readers, routinely strings words together …

A new feast of mercy

Today, for the first time in its two millennial history, the Catholic Church celebrates St. Mary Magdalene with a feast, which is an important manifestation of the extraordinary Jubilee …


The law of love

“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” This is the Commandment that Moses imparted to his people before they left him to build their lives in the promised land of Israel. …

Cremains and respect for the human body

In the famous story of David and Goliath, Goliath boasts to the young David that after he kills him, he will give his flesh “to the birds of the sky and beasts of the field.” He conveys his profound disdain for David by speaking this way, deprecating even his corpse. …

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, …

Goodbye, Dolly

A few months ago, the mother of one of my best friends died. Her name is Ruthanne “Dolly” Donahue. I knew her, because I knew her son Jim from the time he arrived at MIT as a freshman in 1987 until he got a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard in the 1990s. …

Through Your eyes

In a world of confusion, bitterness and hatred, we hear Jesus telling His disciples “Ask and it shall be given, knock and it shall be opened” (Lk 11). Yet, we wonder why is all this still happening all around us? …


‘Kalaupapa’s Got Talent’

On April 11, 2009, a 47-year-old Scottish lass named Susan Boyle shocked and stunned the listening audience of “Britain’s Got Talent” show with her jaw dropping rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream.” …

Being the best we can be

This past Saturday was the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was also the day of my nephew’s Baptism and the day I became a godmother. Godparents have always been such special people in my life. …

A perfect symmetry — the close of the Appeal and the parable of the Good Samaritan

We are always called to reflect on the issues of the day in the light of the Gospel.  Given the intense effort by so many to advocate for the social ministries of the diocese through the annual Catholic Charities Appeal and the disturbing violence we have witnessed over the past weeks, I was conflicted by the mix of elation and despair. …

Be rich in what matters to God

As I watched the firemen enter my building I mused over Jesus’ parable about the rich farmer. You remember the man who had such a bountiful harvest that he redid the barns to store it all? In the parable, the barns survived, but the man did not. …

Rest stop ahead

With two recently born grandsons, my wife and I are spending more time on the road traveling from here to western Connecticut to spend time with our children and grandchildren. …

A time of intellectual and Spiritual development

The last few weeks have been filled with college and high school graduations, an exciting time not only for our graduates, but their families as well.  The weeks leading up to graduation …

Thy will be done

I have been listening to K-Love again lately, just trying to get my mind and heart in the right place. There is a new song on the radio entitled, “Thy Will” by Hilary Scott (formally of Lady Antebellum) and it really has struck me recently. …

Simple pleasures

I look forward to the summer. For me it’s a time to unwind, relax, enjoy the warm weather and do a lot of thinking. I am up early each morning, especially when the sun is shining. I make some coffee and go out in the yard. …

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 them to springs of living water’”(a reference to Is 40:10). …

Detour to Brooklyn, lesson in kindness

Working my first black tie dinner as a very junior public relations person, I learned virtually nothing about my chosen profession. The scale, pace and glitz of the fund-raising dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City during the early 1980s overwhelmed me. …


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