Winter Finally Arrived

Here in Cincinnati, Ohio, the weather has turned colder. Winter finally arrived. Until last week it appeared that we might have a very mild winter. We had little snow, only flurries, and a couple days when rain turned to sleet and then a bit of snow. But nothing really serious, until the arrival of cold...

What is God Calling Us to Be?

Today’s Gospel reading (Lk 1:57-66) recounts the birth of Elizabeth’s child and the discussion surrounding his name. When Zechariah wrote on the tablet “John is his name” his mouth was opened and he was able to speak. These events instilled fear into the neighbors. All who heard of these things took...

Thanksgiving Day

“What are you thankful for?” That question triggers reflection on this national holiday. I allow events of the past to run through my mind and I invite you to do the same. I remember as a child making and coloring turkeys in art classes, doing a play for the PTA with costumes of Pilgrims and Native...

Saints Simon and Jude October 28

The Apostles Simon and Jude Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saints Simon and Jude. Today’s Gospel reading comes from the Gospel according to Luke (6:12-16). Luke narrates that Jesus spent the night in prayer before he made the choice of his closest circle of disciples, the twelve apostles. Because...

In Family

Recently my brother Tommy’s illness, death and funeral led me to reflect on my family. We are bonded and stick together like glue in times of crisis and in times of joy. Families are always amazing, albeit imperfect, in forming the future of our society and world. We were a big family, five girls and five...

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