Vacation Hero

So I go on vacation, right? Relaxing? Not exactly.  I traveled with my youngest child, Monica, and my oldest son, Dominic, along with my friend Debbie and her younger son to visit Debbie’s oldest son at his home in North Carolina. Out of the six days of travel, we spent two nights in Myrtle...

Bishop Takes Bite Out of Satan Sandwich

There are no winners in the national debt debacle. As a result of the eleventh-hour deal, which Congressman Emanuel Cleaver memorably dubbed a “sugar-coated Satan sandwich,” our elected leaders have their lowest approval ratings ever. Financial markets worldwide are reeling from the credit...

Together? Yes. Seamless? No.

Last week I was driving a friend to an oral surgeon to get a molar taken out. (A driver was required: How else would this zonked-out  friend get  home?) Anyhow, my friend asked me to listen in during the surgeon’s explanation of what the surgery would be, recovery times and the like. So I did, and...

Cooties and Vocations to the Priesthood

The rector of the cathedral in Phoenix has disallowed girl altar servers on the grounds that this will lead to an increase in vocations to the priesthood. Fortunately, he’s also encouraging girls to be nuns by letting them be sacristans, taking care of the “stuff” of the liturgy in a much...

How far is too far?

As parents, we always try to do what’s best for our kids—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We make sure they eat the right foods, play hard outside, feel loved by their parents, pray before dinner and bedtime. Sometimes we face difficult decisions and sometimes the decisions are fairly easy....

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