What Are Your Blessings?

This past summer, my kids and I decided to grow a garden. We planned on growing pumpkins, zucchini, corn, sunflowers and carrots—planned being the key word. By the end of August, our garden consisted of a few carrots, some dead zucchini and pumpkin plants, no corn and some gigantic sunflowers. The carrots...

Apocalypse Now?

What did it feel like to be with Jesus when he mentioned that “not a stone will be left upon another stone” when the Temple would be destroyed? That’s the thought that sparks my imagination whenever I read today’s Gospel selection (Lk 21:5-11). The disciples listening to Jesus immediately asked: When...

The Great Feast

As the fall and winter holidays roll around each year, I’m struck by the layers of memory that lie between the simplest things. My local nephew always hosts our Thanksgiving meal and each year we add new twists that soon become part of our tradition (here’s hoping that the emergency trip to buy a...

What Do I Say?

Franciscan Media has recently published a book to help those taking care of seriously ill and dying people to communicate with and comfort them. What Do I Say? Talking and Praying with Someone Who Is Dying by Margrit Anna Banta offers just that, plus something more. By demystifying the process in a peaceful...

Peace Amid Pointsettias

Every Sunday from August to the end of November, I attend the 8 a.m. Mass at Christ the King Parish in Kingston, RI, then head over to the East Farms greenhouse, five minutes down the road, to tend pointsettias. Run by the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Association, the pointsettia project raises...

How Many Kids Do You Have?

Recently, I had the pleasure of volunteering at a fundraising event for our local seminary. I saw a pregnant lady at the buffet, struggling with a small child in one arm and a plate in the other. I immediately offered to help with the plate (assuming she would not voluntarily hand her child over to a...

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