Bloggers in Real Life

This is funny. Blogger Mulier Fortis calls it “St. George and the … Ummm … Bee!” Our Sacristan is on a well-deserved holiday for two weeks, and, as her assistant, I have stepped into the breach. At the end of Mass, I started clearing a few things away in the Sacristy. Suddenly, I became aware […]

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Adopting a Pro-Life Attitude

As an adoptive father, I really appreciated this story: In the late 1980s, a woman from Chicago gave birth to twin boys and placed them in adoptive homes. One of them went to a family in Egypt and was named Ahmal. The other went to a family in Spain and was named Juan. Years later, Juan sent a picture of himself to […]

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Give It up!

I remember well my first Lent in a religious community in the 1980s. Most of us seminarians, like many people out in the world, gave up sweets for 40 days. The one time that this penance really came into play was during the afternoon coffee break. The nearby Au Bon Pain restaurant donated day-old pastries […]

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America’s Drug Problem

In light of the publication today of the much-anticipated Mitchell Report, which links dozens of prominent major league baseball players to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, I thought readers would appreciate a little levity: The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a Methamphetamine lab had been found in an old […]

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Heavenly Dining

Mother Teresa died and went to heaven. God greeted her at the pearly gates. “Be thou hungry, Mother Teresa?” asked God.   “I could eat,” Mother Teresa humbly replied.   So God opened a can of tuna and reached for a chunk of rye bread and they began to share it. While eating this simple […]

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Long Have I Waited

At Mass today, the priest led us in a rousing rendition of “Hosea” (“Come Back to Me”) as the opening and closing hymn. I have to admit that I’m a product of the 70s and, while I prefer Gregorian chant in the sacred liturgy, I still enjoy some of the “Glory and Praise” songs of […]

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