Still Resolved about Your Resolutions?

For many of us, the New Year brought not only the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” scenes of couples hugging and kissing in 2014 and watching the ball drop, but the starting of our New Year’s resolutions, commitments we will, we say, stake our life on that we will keep. Well, keep at least until the next...

‘O Christmas Tree’! But When?

My wife and I have had a running battle over the calendar.  It is a battle that actually pre-dates our marriage, more than 30 years ago and 31 Advents and Christmases ago. You would think that with all of the things couples have to fight about, the last thing of any consequence is a calendar, and, in fact,...

Honoring the Saints in Our Lives

During this last month of the liturgical year, the Church focuses attention on the end times, the world’s as well as our own. The month begins with solemnity of All Saints and the feast of All Souls, and we heard during a Sunday Gospel reading this month that Jesus proclaims that “God is not God of the...

Local Woman – a Saint! – Makes Good

I had a chance to visit my hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., last month, the first time in a number of years and the first time since two local women were named saints – St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Native American born in upstate New York who died in Canada in 1680, and St. Marianne Cope, who worked with leprosy...

‘Startled’ By Author ‘By God’

Joe McHugh, the author of Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places, is about as quiet and gentle a man that I’ve had the occasion to meet. Unassuming, reserved, humble, almost phlegmatic in his manner, his dress, his comportment – these things I experienced when first meeting him. Startling,...

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