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,...

“Yes, And…” Celebrated with Global Event

Have you ever had a chance to be a part of an international event, a gathering people from across the world, all of whom had a chance to ask questions and hear responses live? Father Dan Kroger, Franciscan Media CEO, and I, as Franciscan Media’s Product Development Division Director, were able to be on...

Ethical Shell Game Called ‘Sam’

In the course of our everyday lives and many times during each day, we face situations, while they are happening or when we look back, that give us very clear sense as to the rightness or wrongness of our actions, times when we put on the cloak of Christ or when we acted more out of our own...

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...

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