Through the Clouds

It’s a cloudy day today in Cincinnati. It makes me think of our recent trip to the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim California. (It certainly wasn’t cloudy there!) I learned a lesson on the way about our outlook and how that colors our lives. You see, I stopped for a connecting flight in Chicago,...

Judge Not

We’re nearing the end of winter on Ash Wednesday. It has been a tough one for much of this country. Here in Cincinnati, we’ve seen the most snow and ice since the winter of 1978. Needless to say, people have been miserable. One of the worst storms was a few weeks ago. First came a layer of ice,...

It Ain’t Over Yet!

Christmas is over, right? Well, not exactly. The Christmas that Catholics and other Christians celebrate merely starts on Christmas Eve, and does not end on Christmas night. It goes on and on, with the feasts of saints, the holy family—all of the days of Christmas that end on New Year’s, the Octave of...

Those Who Sing, Pray Twice

As Christmas nears, it’s time for a little extra music practice in our house. Cathy and I both sing in the choir at our parish, Corpus Christi. Music is such a key part of the liturgy all year long, but it seems all the more special during these weeks of readying ourselves to celebrate the...

Autumn’s Swansong

For those of us who live in the northern parts of the US, it’s been a marvelous autumn. Riding home on my bicycle when I could, I was immersed in an array of spectacular colors, watching the trees turn from green to every color in the red family—from a subdued brown to a flaming, bright red. The...

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