Celebrate Life

This past Sunday, the feast of All Soul’s Day, was an emotional roller coaster for so many people in our hometown and across the country. Although I haven’t been personally affected by the death of a loved one in a long time, my heart ached for those I encountered on that day. Following an early morning...

Who Is Your Hero?

A few years ago, I was privileged to be part of a team of leaders of a Youth Renew retreat held annually at my parish. The team of youths and adults met weekly for months prior to the commencement of the retreat. During that time, we formed a tight bond as we reflected on Bible verses, exchanged stories, and...

St. Rita, the Peacemaker

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Rita of Cascia (1381-1457). Somehow, over the years, I had inherited a medium-sized statue of St. Rita. Had it not been for her name at the base of the statue, I wouldn’t have had a clue as to whom the statue represented. I actually found it to be a tad creepy at...

Our Newest Saints

Today we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. Today is also the day we celebrate the canonization of two popes! The following is taken from the article “John XXIII and John Paul II: Our Newest Saints” by Christopher M. Bellitto which appeared in the April issue of St. Anthony Messenger. In his...

Beyond Lent

I know that Lent is over and we can all breathe easier not having to follow our Lenten resolutions for another year. But how many of us try to live out those resolutions beyond the parameters of the Lenten season? I decided to try something very different this year for Lent. I had given up grocery shopping....

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