Category Archives: history

Why Vatican II is the best thing ever

Fifty years ago today, Blessed John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council, stating: In calling this vast assembly of bishops, the latest and humble successor to the Prince of the Apostles who is addressing you intended to assert once again … Continue reading

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Mrs. Jesus

I awoke yesterday morning to hear a morning news anchor telling me that something had been found that could “rock the core of Christianity”. Great, I’m going to spend all day answering questions about something I don’t care about, just … Continue reading

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Laying down one’s life

How easy it must have been for those early Christians, who only had to worry about martyrdom. That’s the thought that flitted through my head a few days ago. I suppose it’s an occupational hazard that I imagine what it … Continue reading

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To Love God is a Wonderful Journey: My love for John Paul I

Poor, forgotten John Paul I,  il sorriso di Dio. The first time I googled “John Paul I”, it asked me “do you mean John Paul II”? It seems that the only folks who do remember him are the conspiracy theorists … Continue reading

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Hitting Pause: A Moving Target

In the spirit of giving myself a break, I have decided to hit pause on my blog and repost some of my favorite material for the last ten days of the year. One of the most emotional days this past … Continue reading

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Hitting Pause: Catholics Come Home

In the spirit of giving myself a break, I have decided to hit pause on my blog and repost some of my favorite material for the last ten days of the year. Last night while watching the Kennedy Center Honors … Continue reading

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Hitting Pause: A Soul that Shouts

In the spirit of giving myself a break, I have decided to hit pause on my blog and repost some of my favorite material for the last ten days of the year. Today’s choice is inspired by many of the … Continue reading

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The Land of Steady Habits

This morning I did as I have done for years, and headed over to the Manchester Road Race with my brother and 15000 of our closest friends. This was the 75th anniversary of the race, so there was even more … Continue reading

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A Moving Target

I was a little down in the mouth last week, dealing with some health problems, fatigue, missing people, trying to get back in my routine, and tired of days of watching rain fall and the sun refuse to shine. The … Continue reading

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Hand Dryers

Anyone who went to the conservatory I did likely has emotional scars about washing hands in the bathrooms. With no paper towels and miserably weak hand dryers, one’s only options were to spend twenty minutes enduring the whir of the … Continue reading

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