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....

The Greatest Gift of All

When my daughter Monica turned 16 earlier this month, I thought long and hard about the best way to make her “sweet 16” a special occasion. I thought about hosting a surprise birthday party for her, or a family dinner, or giving her a special, memorable gift. The only problem with having a family...

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