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A prayer in the face of loss
My elderly aunt was a walker. After she retired, she would hoof it around our small town to visit friends or rise early to walk downtown to the coffee shop for breakfast. More ...
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Rachel Held Evans had insights on the faith beyond her years
If we do not properly celebrate the life of someone who has left us we do an injustice to that person and cheat ourselves of some of the gift that he or she left behind. More ...
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
In praise of dad jokes and divine humor
My husband is down in the kitchen, cooking eggs for our four boys. From upstairs, I hear him serve up a little extra on the side: a classic dad joke about "makin' bacon. More ...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Selling the sizzle at a parish near you
I heard about a parish recently. It has regular Eucharistic Adoration, but only the old-timers show up, and their numbers are shrinking.  More ...
Monday, June 10, 2019
The miracle of Pentecost
Pentecost is a miraculous time in the life of the Church. More ...
Friday, June 7, 2019
An ode in praise of a beloved friend
When my barber David Knight who worked in the U.S. Senate building died, it felt like losing a beloved family member. More ...
Friday, June 7, 2019
Faith, fear and death
“A common soldier dies without fear; Jesus died afraid.” Iris Murdoch wrote those words which, I believe, help expose an over-simplistic notion we have of how faith reacts in the face of death. More ...
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise
More than 19 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of “Game of Thrones” May 19, making it the most viewed show to ever air on HBO. More ...
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Your summer pilgrimage
Just about everybody has heard of the Camino de Santiago. Sometimes, it seems just about everybody but me has walked the Camino. More ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Every life should be blessed with a Charlotte
Hanging on my kitchen wall is a little plaque given to me by my dear friend, John. He found it in a quaint Irish shop in Smithville and bought one for me and one for his wife, Rose. More ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Technology for contemplation
I can't say that I live in a smart home. More ...
Monday, May 27, 2019
A graduate's encouraging words and life
Last year, a young woman named Haley Moss graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. More ...
Monday, May 27, 2019
The world we leave our children
"What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?" More ...
Friday, May 24, 2019
This summer let young and old climb aboard the same canoe!
My fondest memories of summer are the times spent with my favorite aunt at her cottage nestled in the Adirondack Mountains. More ...
Friday, May 24, 2019
The world we leave our children
"What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?" More ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Talking sensibly about God: The rabbi, the saint and the rest of us
Some years ago, an acquaintance asked me why I didn’t write columns or articles that were more theological. Certainly, he said, my education enabled me to undertake the task.  More ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Language, symbols and self-understanding
A reporter once asked two men at the construction site where a church was being built what each did for a living. The first man replied: “I’m a bricklayer.” More ...
Monday, May 20, 2019
A collision of lives in World War II
Though he had been a hero of World War II, Clarence Smoyer was living in obscurity in Allentown, Pennsylvania, until best-selling author and military historian Adam Makos visited him in 2012 on the advice of a college friend. More ...
Monday, May 20, 2019

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