The Power of Forgiveness

Perhaps the biggest obstacle to forgiving someone is the nagging feeling that this person is not sufficiently sorry for the pain caused and has not made adequate reparation. We tend to see forgiveness first as a gift to the person who is forgiven—rather than as a self-gift to the person doing the...

Honoring the Saints in Our Lives

During this last month of the liturgical year, the Church focuses attention on the end times, the world’s as well as our own. The month begins with solemnity of All Saints and the feast of All Souls, and we heard during a Sunday Gospel reading this month that Jesus proclaims that “God is not God of the...

St. Francis de Sales: A Saint for Every Man, Woman or Child

I aspire to live certain Franciscan values such as care for the poor, love and care for creation, rebuilding the Church, and love for the Eucharist. Yet, while I try to live simply, my life is far from simple and poor.  St. Francis and St. Clare embraced a poverty I desire to understand. Because of family...

Halloween: Is it OK to Celebrate It?

Last night I took my children to the annual Halloween carnival put on by Ursuline Academy (my alma mater). As always, it is a crowded but enjoyable evening and it is fun to see all the creative costumes—especially the homemade ones. When I was in elementary school, I really didn’t know that some people...

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...

Imitating Christ

Saints—the formally recognized ones and the many others whom we have known personally—always point us to God. At the same time, they automatically help us to recognize all women, men, and children as people made in God’s image and likeness. Saints may not be famous, but they are certainly real. St....

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