Solidarity Revisited

“Pope Francis denounces corruption and a culture of selfishness and individualism, while calling for a culture of solidarity.” With these words, Catholic News Service summed up Pope Francis’ visit to one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious slums, Varginha, where the pope reminded the people:  “You...

Bluebirds Return

Weeks ago I posted on this blog that we hoped that bluebirds would return to the Shrine of St. Anthony. In fact, one member of our community, Fr. Carl, had built a number of bluebird houses according to specific directions given in a magazine article about bluebirds.  The good news is that...

Independence Day

Today’s holiday celebrates the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. Beyond the traditional parades and fireworks displays, this holiday also affords an opportunity for us citizens to reflect on the language of the declaration. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are...

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

“Incline our hearts, according to your will, O God.” These words of prayer regularly occur in liturgical texts such as the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist. The prayer cashes in on the symbol of the human heart and speaks more than an explanation could ever tell. Oh, how we constantly struggle to...

St. Boniface

Today’s feast day reminds me of an unfinished task. Some years ago, while studying the German language, I stumbled across a book that contained a short life of St. Boniface. The book showed an image that depicted Boniface as a bishop with miter and pallium, holding a sword in his right hand with a book...

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