A Friend In Need

I have a very dear friend who has been by my side for more than a decade now, offering me love, encouragement, advice and support. He is a unique and beautiful human being, one who doesn’t appreciate his own value. I was delighted a few years ago when my friend met a glorious woman who did appreciate...

Looking at Psalm 2

Ps 1 prepares us to pray the remaining psalms.  With Christ we are ready to praise and thank his Father for the gifts of creation, life and salvation.  We are ready to join Christ in his sufferings and victory over evil.  We are ready to listen to Christ’s words of wisdom. We can see Ps 2 as another...

Christmas Customs: From Our Family to Yours

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate Christmas. Some families continue traditional ethnic customs; others invent new ways of connecting with family. Our Christmases are seldom Martha Stewart-perfect, and every year’s celebration will be different due to many factors. St. Anthony Messenger magazine...

Yipee! It’s Advent again

  The blue between sunset and nightfall. I can scarcely contain myself: it’s Advent again. The season of hope, of expectation, of patient waiting. It’s an exquisite time, sublime. Coming on the heels of a feast — Thanksgiving — it leads us to the borders of less.   Advent...

Work It

I’m a sucker for Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs With Mike Rowe. If there’s a marathon playing on some rainy Saturday, clear my day. I’m not going anywhere. Watching the eager and beleaguered host descend into a landfill or ascend from a septic facility, covered in filth, is just good television. Some...

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