Thanksgiving: Four Generations at Mass

Mass last Sunday was pretty extraordinary for a number of reasons.  It just wasn’t the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, but it was the beginning of Catholic Schools’ Week, the Sacrament of Baptism, and a 60th Wedding Anniversary celebration all wrapped up into the 11:00am Mass at St. James of the...

Who Me? Angry?

I’ll never forget my response a few years back during a conversation with my spiritual director.  He said “You’re mad as heck about something and I don’t know what it is.”  Excuse me?  Anger?  Me??? I’m the mild-mannered one, the one who laughs things off.  I’m not angry—or am I? Those...

Have You Ever Been Fightin’ Mad?

I don’t consider myself an angry person. I doubt that many (if any) people who know me well would describe me as angry. Why then, would I read a book about practical solutions for conquering anger? Do you ever get mad? I do. It doesn’t define me or describe my personality, but there are times when I...

Christmas Every Day

There’s so much hype and hurry as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, yet I’ve already seen a Christmas tree out on the curb. It’s as if taking down the tree and putting away the decorations can’t be done quickly enough for some people. This Christmas season (yes, we celebrate the...

Merry Christmas!

Today, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, I wish all a very blessed day. For those surrounded by loved ones, soak in the love of family and friends. But let us also remember those who face the holidays alone or with sadness. May we be a light to them in a time of darkness. I hope you have a wonderful day...

I Declare It Christmas!

This Christmas marks the first without my grandfather. That, combined with some other health situations and changes in my family, was making this holiday seem a lot less merry. I had a moment of debating whether to ignore Christmas. Every year, I put up two trees, invite friends over for pancakes on the...

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