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...

Are You a Local Faithful Citizen?

The Presidential election has captured the minds and energies of the nation. We’re readying ourselves to vote, especially as Catholics, this election year. But let’s not forget that Faithful Citizenship involves local politics as well. Have you kept up on a state, congressional and city candidates? Do...

Confirmation: The Holy Spirit Slap

Fall brings for parents the return to school, and for many Catholic parents, a return to further education about the faith. My son is in the 8th grade this year and, if the Holy Spirit, the parish, and his parents deem it so, he will be confirmed spring 2013. Thus, this next year offers an exciting time of...

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...

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