Saints in Our Midst

In next two weeks, my family will be observing my mother-in-law’s 100th birthday as well as her 10th anniversary of her death. It’s an odd byplay of two events – her birth and her death – that both meet up at significant milestones for those who loved her. Birthdays are usually times to celebrate...

Visited by God’s Presence

Today is the feast of the Visitation, which celebrates the visit of Mary, just after the Annunciation, to her cousin Elizabeth, who despite her advanced age was soon to be the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:39.56). But in all honesty, it is a story, even with the telling of John leaping in his mother’s...

Love Affair with Reading Begins at Youth

I just saw an article on the blog of Publisher’s Weekly, a national book-industry publication, asking the question about the first book that made us fall in love with reading. For me, books like Profiles in Courage by JFK, Homer Price about a doughnut-making machine, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Five...

Thank God!

I went on a weekend retreat two weeks ago, not something I’m prone to do very often. In fact, I might be able to count on one hand the times I’ve gone on retreat, although I’ve thought of doing it numerous times over the years, usually during Lent or Advent. My experience this Lent was such that I’ve...

This Lent, ‘Bless me, Father’

Upon hearing the phrase, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned,” many Catholics of all ages know in an instant that these words signal the beginning of confession. Yet millions of Catholics haven’t participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in years, and many of those because they don’t...

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