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...

Deep-fried Twinkies

First of all, I thought Twinkies were gone. Apparently they’re back! Look closely at the sign in this picture and you’ll see that they’re offered deep-fried (if you don’t like your Twinkies deep-fried, you can always try the deep-fried Oreos, also for sale). I saw these signs Saturday...

Things You Say

A few weeks ago, some old friends rolled through town on their way to the Appalachian missions. You can see them in the featured image, left to right: Sister Pat Himmer, Sister Ann Redig, and Sister Marcan Freking—all Rochester Franciscans—accompanied by Glenmary Brother Dennis Craig. My wife, Cathy, and...

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