My White Electric Stove

Probably five or six years ago I bought a new stove, a very nice white electric stove. I would not have thought much more about it if I hadn’t recently gotten hooked on House Hunters on HGTV. What I have learned from this show is that white appliances are bad. And electric stoves are even worse. If your...

Eat Less, Live Longer

When I was a Franciscan novice, there was a retired bishop, Rembert Kowalski, who lived in the novitiate community. As a young Franciscan priest, he volunteered to serve in the missions in China. He was assigned to work in Wuhang, China, in 1925. Eventually, he was selected to be bishop of Wuchang,...

Be A Light

Darkness gets our attention a little more this time of year, doesn’t it? We recently had the longest night of the year. All the pretty Christmas lights have been put away, leaving the darkness unchecked. In some locations, we go for days without seeing much sunshine. We miss the light. Lately, we’ve also...

First World Problems

“Ah, first world problems.” That’s what one of my friends said after I lamented the latest problem with my house: a flooded basement (again) coupled with potentially serious piping issues and the need for costly plumbing work. My immediate indignant thought was, “Don’t downplay my valid...

Away, Manger!

The Christmas tree finally came down this past Sunday, along with the rest of the decorations that were still up. We tend to be a wait-until-the-last-possible-moment-before-Christmas-to-decorate kind of family; if it weren’t so darn impractical, I’d start to decorate on December 24. Indeed,...

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