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...

An Unexpected Ending

Last month, we exhibited at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Though I love attending conventions for Franciscan Media, they also can be quite stressful—especially when you are in charge. It was on Saturday, February 23, that I found myself in a bit of a pickle. I had set up a luncheon for some...

Evangelize Me!

Like many, my mind when kablooey when the term “New Evangelization” popped back into the vernacular a year or so ago. What does it mean? How do we “do it”? And why? Since Vatican II, a renewal of the evangelizing charism has been a part of the Church’s agenda, although somewhat on the back burner....

I Am my Mother’s Child

Today marks two weeks since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. I am still emotionally raw; I can’t watch the news right now because every time they mention Sandy Hook Elementary my eyes well up with tears. This is Christmas time–it’s supposed to be a season of Joy! But how can I be so joyful when...

So Much for Godless Communism

The dynamic Castro duo has a little treat for Pope Benedict XVI’s Easter basket this year: Good Friday will be celebrated as a national holiday in Cuba for the first time since the revolution in 1959. According to CNN, this raises the total number of religious holidays in that island nation to...

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