St. Clare, Cat Lover

My daughter, Carolyn, recently made a move from Maryland to New York,. In between, she moved back home for two months while looking for an apartment and a job. Along with the many things that came along with her move, she brought her cat, Murphy. (The cat is a female, but was named for my daughter’s...

Sangre de Christo

Cuerpo de Christo! Sangre de Christo! During the homily yesterday, the presider spoke of the triple aftershocks of Easter: Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. It’s an apt description of the powerful feasts that end the Easter season, honoring the Spirit, the...

The Element of Surprise

The story about Joshua Bell playing in a Washington, D.C., subway station a few years back surfaced again last week on a Facebook post I saw. The point of the story is that, in 2008, a Washington Post reporter enlisted Bell in an experiment about people’s perceptions—in this case, how many passersby...

God Gave You

Several months back, I was at an event sponsored by the Athenaeum of Ohio. Even now, I still think about the brief talk that Fr. O’Cinnsealaigh gave that evening. During his talk, he mentioned praying to God about all the pain and hurt and suffering that goes on in the world—from natural disasters to the...

Part of the Gang

Most Sundays at Mass, I have one of the best seats in the house. That’s because I’m in the choir, and in our church, the choir sits behind the altar, facing the assembly. It can be a bit of a nuisance, because you have to think about what you wear (no short skirts!), what you do (not cool to nod off...

Holy Ground, Holy Week

Visiting Civil War battlefields reminds Americans of a tragic time in our history. On Sunday, I went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to see the museum and battlefield grounds. The movie, the painted “colorama” and the museum filled with archives gave me visual cues about the events of those three days in...

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