Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Day of the Double Baptism

We pulled into the parking lot of the church at 9:30AM last Sunday, a full half hour before the start of the service. It had been imperative that we arrive on time because our niece, Emily Alice, was going to … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Annunciation

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The story is related in detail in Holy Scripture. “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to … Continue reading

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Bella by the Bay

“She’s adorable! How old is she?” “What a beautiful puppy! What breed is she?” Men, women, and children were all drawn to her – the girls were smitten by her. When I was in high school, I would have given my … Continue reading

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Happy Solemnity of St. Joseph!

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity (Feast Day) of St. Joseph. We all know the story that St. Joseph was a simple carpenter from Nazareth who became the Spouse of the Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus. The … Continue reading

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The Pear Tree

St. Therese was walking through the convent garden one day with Sr. Genevieve and said as she pointed to one of the pear trees: “Those pear trees aren’t a bit attractive at present, are they? In the fall, however, when … Continue reading

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The Flight 93 National Memorial

None of us who are old enough to remember could ever forget that horrendous day. The date 9/11 is indelibly etched into our memories. President Roosevelt had called the Pearl Harbor Attack a day that would ‘live in infamy’ and … Continue reading

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If Dad falls in the woods, does he make a sound?!

The rain was coming down in torrential sheets and the sky was an ominous gray. Not exactly an ideal day for my Father and I to be trekking on an Ohio farm to prepare his tree stand for whitetail season … Continue reading

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The White Rabbit

Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face, Therese’s sister Celine Martin, related a story in her book, My Sister Saint Therese, that Therese was fond of telling to illustrate the power of confidence in God. Therese would ask, “Can a father … Continue reading

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Learning Littleness in a Small Bathroom

My alarm went off at 6:30AM last Saturday and I looked out the window and saw fog as thick as the proverbial pea soup. Only the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Annual Men’s Spirituality Conference could make me venture out from my … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Invisible Reality

A few days ago I began reading a book by Richard Panek entitled, The 4% Universe – Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality. The basic premise is that only 4% of the universe … Continue reading

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