What if…?

Our days tend to be filled with “what ifs” and “if onlys”: What if I had done it this way instead of that? If only I would have done it the other way… When we allow these types of questions to control our feelings and the way we live our life, we bring the ill effects of doubt, anguish,...

Thanksgiving: Four Generations at Mass

Mass last Sunday was pretty extraordinary for a number of reasons.  It just wasn’t the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, but it was the beginning of Catholic Schools’ Week, the Sacrament of Baptism, and a 60th Wedding Anniversary celebration all wrapped up into the 11:00am Mass at St. James of the...

A “New” Year’s Resolution

With every passing New Year’s celebration come our declarations of something we want to do or change to make ourselves a better person.  We simply call these our New Year’s resolutions.  These promises to ourselves usually center on improving our health, desires, finances, life’s situation, and so...

“Merry Christmas!”- What are we afraid of?

The entrance foyer in the local grocery store is small, with just enough room for people to get by as they go in and out. Yet, along the wall, a gentleman sits next to his red kettle, out of the way, but impossible not to notice as you walk by.  It’s that time of the year… on street corners, store...

Good Samaritans

Here is an amazing story I came across, written by a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, following 9-11. On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic. All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to...

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