I Need the Eucharist

A few times a year I join my Christian friend at her local church. She’s a non-denominational Christian; I’m Catholic. (And NO—I’m not thinking of converting or leaving the Catholic faith and I couldn’t be persuaded to do so.) She invites me to join her on occasion, and I simply enjoy my time spent...

First World Problems

“Ah, first world problems.” That’s what one of my friends said after I lamented the latest problem with my house: a flooded basement (again) coupled with potentially serious piping issues and the need for costly plumbing work. My immediate indignant thought was, “Don’t downplay my valid...

O Holy Night

“Truly, he taught us to love one another.” I love the song O Holy Night, and that particular line from it is one of my favorite messages from all Christmas songs. I enjoy singing it together as a congregation, because during that verse I feel truly connected to my brothers and sisters in Christ. For one...

Clinging to Faith

How empty the world must look to an atheist. How very bleak. From what do they derive hope? Joy? Comfort? I’m not here to slam anyone for his or her personal beliefs—I know that I’m connected to non-believers on Facebook. In the wake of the Newtown tragedy (and all tragedies), I’m simply...

A Surprising Thanksgiving Blessing

Earlier this week I was standing on Liberty Street outside of our office buildings holding my coworker’s baby. There was a lot of action on the street, as the Freestore Foodbank nearby was giving away boxes of food to those in need in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday. Naturally, the streets were...

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