“Catholics Get It”

“Catholics get it. Catholics get the sacraments.” This was the message of the homily I heard this past Sunday. Sacraments connect the things of God with the things of earth. Catholicism isn’t a heady, intellectual faith. It’s woven into our lives, experienced with all of our...

Remembering Mychal Judge, OFM

[This blog marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.] Many of us are familiar with Father Mychal Judge, OFM, a member of the Holy Name Province based in New York City. Father Mychal worked with homeless people and AIDS patients. A recovering alcoholic, he also devoted much time to recovering addicts....

Life is Good

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of God.   – Ralph Waldo Emerson Recently, as I was floating on my back in the pool, completely relaxed, I said to myself, Ahh, life is good. Later that day, as I devoured a delicious bowl of ice cream, again I said, Life is good! I find that I say that...

Psalm 22

This is one of the most powerful psalms. A just man has suffered one catastrophe after another. Enemies hem him in on every side. He endures terrific physical and emotional pain. He cries out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” But the psalmist does not despair. He recalls how God is the Holy...

Veggie Tales

The world is a cynical place. It can be cold and isolating. Love and trust are penalized perhaps more often than they are rewarded. Technology envelops us and frequently controls us. Lifestyles are built around Google calendars. What’s the antidote to this? Tomatoes. Maybe carrots. Perhaps even...

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