Good and Holy Funeral

Ever since my father died two years ago, I am more aware of death, mourning and funerals. I chuckle since my father for many years “guilted” me, and my other sisters, into attending distant relative, long-lost friend and old neighbors’ funerals. We teased him that he loved attending funeral masses...

Routines, Habits and Commands

My morning routine includes brewing two cups of coffee. I disturb the quiet as I grind the beans and pour the measured water. I then make cereal as I wait for the brewed coffee smell to fill the kitchen. This routine comforts me as I ready for each day. Many mornings, I drink this coffee while reading a...

Pete, Not Barry, Should Have Been First

Today, Barry Larkin entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Barry played his entire career for the Cincinnati Reds, was a model shortstop and a man of character. Barry went to Moeller High School, a Cincinnati Catholic high school powerhouse for sports. He attended Michigan and endured harassment...

Nuns on the Bus

U.S. sisters (a.k.a. “nuns”) received loads of attention from certain Vatican offices these last few months. Whether it’s the apostolic visitation report, the assessment of the LCWR or the critique of a book, if you follow Catholic websites and blogs, one would think this is the only news nuns are...

How Are Teens “Capturing the Faith” Today?

At this past week’s Religious Education Congress in Los Angeles, I was drawn into a discussion about how well I was catechized as a teen. It wasn’t a perfect experience: we did not have a Catechism, like today’s teens, but we did have the Bible and books like Believing in Jesus. When I was a teen, I...

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