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Mercy from the stranger

I think, sometimes, that year-long celebrations of certain events can lose their luster during the course of 365 days.

I think back to 1976 when the good old U.S. of A. was celebrating …

First dog

Friday 24 June 2016 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — summer days grow shorter

Press coverage surrounding the presidential election seems to have run out of discussion topics. For the …

Strong and truthful enough to be merciful?

One of the persistent, mostly under-the-radar controversies within this extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy has been whether mercy involves a call to profound conversion or is simply an indulgence giving sinners a green light to continue sinning with the tacit, benevolent acquiescence of the Church. 


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. …

Seeing through the intersex confusion

On rare occasions, babies can be born with ambiguous genitalia, and parents and physicians may be uncertain about whether a newborn is a little boy or a little girl. While testing …

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 sorry state of our politics

Teaching Constitutional Law for more than 25 years can be hazardous to your (mental) health. The reason is that our U.S. Constitution articulates a certain vision of how our country should be run: the rule of law, separation of branches of government, limits on government powers, and the importance of individual rights like freedom of speech and religion, all of which our founders and framers thought would ensure a unified nation in the midst of racial, ethnic and religious diversity,

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 overwhelmed by everything around us? …


A tale of two towns

It had been raining all morning but the rain did not dampen our enthusiasm at Kalaupapa’s Terminal One where we awaited the touchdown of three planes carrying some 27 pilgrims. …

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. …

Charity and gratitude amidst the chaos and mayhem

The month of June is a particularly busy period for the Development Office of the diocese. The Catholic Charities Appeal closes at the end of the month and there is always a flurry of activity meant to support our pastors and their staffs as they continue to advocate on behalf of the services and ministries that will be funded for the next fiscal year based on the final results. …

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 its importance. …

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. …

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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