Oh deer.

The other day, I heard gun shots off in the distance, just as dawn was rising. Hunting season has opened. Actually, it started back in October, with ducks and pheasants; bow and arrow hunting for deer is allowed in October, as well. Deer proliferate in this area, and they cause a lot of problems: from...

Why such a catastrophe?

Super-typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8. It made its first landfall on a tiny island just off the coast of Samar. The storm then slammed Leyte and the islands of Biliran, Cebu, Negros, and Panay.  After the storm hit the Philippines, TV news and photos showed that this typhoon was a...

The Power of Forgiveness

Perhaps the biggest obstacle to forgiving someone is the nagging feeling that this person is not sufficiently sorry for the pain caused and has not made adequate reparation. We tend to see forgiveness first as a gift to the person who is forgiven—rather than as a self-gift to the person doing the...

Giving Thanks

Of all the things I’ve been given over the course of my life from parents, mentors, teachers, brothers and sisters, gratitude (or the importance of choosing it) is by far the most transformative. I have found that more than anything else, saying thank you and choosing to count everything as gift is...

Honoring the Saints in Our Lives

During this last month of the liturgical year, the Church focuses attention on the end times, the world’s as well as our own. The month begins with solemnity of All Saints and the feast of All Souls, and we heard during a Sunday Gospel reading this month that Jesus proclaims that “God is not God of the...

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