Singing in the Rain

This summer has brought us an unusual amount of rain. And  it hasn’t just rained. We’ve been slammed with storm after storm. Just last month we had flood damage in our basement because of the heavy, nonstop rain. As much as lightening terrifies me, I am equally amazed by it. A few summers ago,...

Black and White: A Tale of Two Futures

Last week the country rocked, in some small way, with the announcement of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida. Everyone knows the reported details, the volunteer guard (28 years old; mixed-race Hispanic) following and confronting the teenaged African...

Bulletproof Pope

For his first trip abroad as pontiff, Pope Francis left behind his armored Popemobile to visit a nation already witness to record riots. On day one, authorities found and defused a bomb hidden in a shrine on his itinerary, as reported by NBC News. (Which claims that Brazilian Catholics gather there to...

Opened by Grace

In a unique way, each saint teaches us something important about God. “Their great example lends us courage,” says the Roman Missal’s Preface II of the Saints. Because of original sin, no person is born holy. Behind every saint is the story of that person’s courageous and progressive opening to...

The God We Recognize

Our guest blogger today is Father Jim Van Vurst, OFM. With Jack Wintz, OFM, he writes the twice-montly Friar Jack’s E-spirations. Every once in a while (quite often, actually) there is a single word used in the Gospel that helps us understand our lives. One such word occurs in Mark’s Gospel...

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