Terror in the Umbrian Hills

Fans of St. Francis know that he was famous for his love of all creation, especially our feathered, finned, and furry friends. That’s why the latest news out of Italy is particularly disturbing. “Charlie,” a two-foot-tall pony (one of the smallest ever) has been kidnapped and held for...

Seeds of Love or Hate?

On more than one occasion, I had the privilege of hearing Immaculée Ilibagiza speak about forgiveness. She is uniquely qualified to address this topic, having spent 91 days in hiding during the spring 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsis. The author of Left to Tell and other books, she was our January...

Evangelization Starts With Us

Most of us have had experiences in more than one parish over our lifetime, I think I’ve been a member in around five or six different parishes, but some of you may have attended the same one all your life.  Regardless of how many or where they were, we know that what we understand about worship and...

The Grace of Confession

I have a confession to make. It’s been two years since my last confession. I used to attend monthly mornings of reflection where confession was part of the program. When those ended, I began going to evenings of reflection at a local church. Again, confession was offered. But then life got in the way,...

Good Samaritans

Here is an amazing story I came across, written by a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, following 9-11. On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic. All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to...

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