A bittersweet centennial observance

Last year I had the the good fortune of being able to visit Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for the first time.

I had a wonderful time there, mostly because of the warm, friendly Haligonians (…

Ho-Ho-Ho

Wednesday 13 December 2017 — Main Street, Falmouth — St. Lucy Day

An eclectic mix of people recently gathered on the front lawn of …

Helping the survivors of ISIS this Christmas

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work for the Holy See’s Mission to the United Nations in New York is the ability to organize conferences at U.N. headquarters …

In the ‘meantime,’ let’s keep Advent!

Advent ,when approached as more than the weeks prior to Christmas and thus merely as preparation for it, can function as an annual reminder to us of just where we are …

Christmas theology

With only a few days left before Christmas there is little time to get those last-minute gifts, and parents are caught between anticipation and anxiety. Not only …

Destroying my freedom — in the name of freedom

In an August 2015 column in The Washington Post, George F. Will argued in favor of physician-assisted suicide, summing up his perspective this way: “There is nobility …

Let’s not airbrush the season

There is beauty and wonder in the season leading up to the Nativity, and a hushed reverence thereafter. We are called to embrace the God of True Light, Who …

Hoping rather than worrying during Advent

We are now in the blessed season of Advent, when we wait eagerly to receive Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our hearts on Christmas, as He was born …

Come share the Master’s joy

God entrusts us with so much, He gives us each specific gifts and talents; in return, He asks that we go out and use them for the betterment of others. Like the three servants …

Taking a knee In Kalaupapa

I’m not exactly known as a movie buff and I have not gone to see a movie in more than 15 years, except here in Kalaupapa, but my favorite movie …

Change: Lean in to the adventure

I smiled as I read the quote attributed to Charles Darwin. It read, “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage …

Not spoiled — Blessed!

This is the time of the year that most of us think about getting and giving stuff. We make the list and we check it twice. We don’t want to disappoint …

Our responsibility to share Christ’s love

It is my practice to stand at the outside of the church before the start of Sunday Mass. I’m not sure when I started doing so, but I do know why. When we gather at the Table, …

Prayer intention(ally)

As I write this, I am in the midst of preparing for our biggest retreat of the year. Our Freshman Retreat is one of the highlights of most Stang students’ high school careers. Our …

Can you hear me now?

People have asked me how did I come to be a deacon? Being a deacon is a vocation — a call from God. Becoming a deacon has been an amazing journey. As we all know, hindsight …


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