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Poem: "I Am Pleased to be in Your Service"

Poem: “I Am Pleased to be in Your Service”

May 4 17 • 0 comments

I Am Pleased to be in Your Service If I am, why am I, God? What is my purpose? What deeds lie ahead of me on this road? Will they be wondrous or cowardly acts? Will they bring praise or condemnation? Could either serve Your purpose? Whatever You have in store, Whatever is Your will […]

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National Day of Prayer 2017

May 3 17 • 0 comments

Thursday, May 4th, 2017.

<i>Praying the Angelus</i> - (Re)Discover an Ancient Prayer

Praying the Angelus – (Re)Discover an Ancient Prayer

My knowledge of the Angelus prayer was minimal at best before reading Praying the Angelus by Jared Dees (Ave Maria Press, 2017). I doubt that I am alone in that regard. Dees, a high school theology teacher, describes his own confusion when first listening to the Angelus in Latin when in Rome and then learning […]

Poem: "May"

Poem: “May”

May 1 17 • 1 comment

May I cannot tell you how it was; But this I know: it came to pass Upon a bright and breezy day When May was young; ah, pleasant May! As yet the poppies were not born Between the blades of tender corn; The last eggs had not hatched as yet, Nor any bird forgone its […]

Including Children With Disabilities in Life

Including Children With Disabilities in Life

Apr 28 17 • 0 comments

It was a beautiful sunny day for a man to be at a playground with his preschool grandchildren. That’s exactly where I was. I took my grandson and grand-daughter to a playground at a nearby elementary school; one child sat on my lap while the other stood on the back of my electric wheelchair as […]

Bl. John Henry Newman, 1880

Newman: The Praise of Men

Apr 26 17 • 0 comments

In the sermon The Praise of Men,1 after indicating that ridicule is a powerful weapon used by the devil, Blessed John Henry Newman describes a case in which it is the cause of much pain: when a person who had shunned religion turns by God’s grace back to the practice of religion and meets the […]

Poem: "The Ballad of God-Makers"

Poem: “The Ballad of God-Makers”

Apr 25 17 • 0 comments

The Ballad of God-Makers A bird flew out at the break of day From the nest where it had curled, And ere the eve the bird had set Fear on the kings of the world. The first tree it lit upon Was green with leaves unshed; The second tree it lit upon Was red with […]

Rivers Yes, Babies No!

Rivers Yes, Babies No!

Apr 24 17 • 1 comment

Recent news articles about two rivers that have been granted the same legal rights as human beings give us pause to stop and think. Or at least, I hope they do! These rivers in New Zealand and India are viewed as “sacred” bodies of water. In India the decision was based on the idea that […]

St. Faustina’s Diary: The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

St. Faustina’s Diary: The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Apr 23 17 • 0 comments

Easter is the momentous culmination of our Christian faith. As the “Feast of feasts” and the “Solemnity of solemnities,” the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection could not be contained to just one day in the liturgical calendar. So, we celebrate the Easter Octave – the eight-day festal period from Easter to the Feast of Divine Mercy. […]

Weapons for Our Time: Divine Mercy and The Blessed Mother

Weapons for Our Time: Divine Mercy and The Blessed Mother

For such a time as this, we have all we need. God has actually increased our spiritual riches during the last century through the messages of Fatima and the Divine Mercy devotion. Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, and Tony Mullen, founder of, will explain how we can tap […]

Poem: "A Daughter of Eve"

Poem: “A Daughter of Eve”

Apr 20 17 • 0 comments

A Daughter of Eve A fool I was to sleep at noon, And wake when night is chilly Beneath the comfortless cold moon; A fool to pluck my rose too soon, A fool to snap my lily. My garden-plot I have not kept; Faded and all-forsaken, I weep as I have never wept: Oh it […]

The Real Threat

The Real Threat

Apr 18 17 • 0 comments

At the homily during a recent Sunday Mass, in a parish which I attended some years ago, the priest was in high dudgeon, almost hysterical about the actions of the current president in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Quoting the Protestant minister Dietrich Bonheoffer and Jesuit priest Alfred Delp, both murdered by the Nazis […]

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

The serpent’s bite was a deadly one.  The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work.  The anti-venom was unavailable until He appeared.  One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote.  Yet it was not like Him to be stingy.  He […]

A Good Friday Devotion

A Good Friday Devotion

Apr 14 17 • 1 comment

When I was a kid my Mom used to embroider old sayings and decorate them with stitched designs and images. When they were finished she’d frame them and hang them on the walls, so that walking through our house was a little tour through the patrimony of wisdom from the ages, all arrayed in a […]

Poem: "Crushed"

Poem: “Crushed”

Apr 14 17 • 0 comments

Crushed Dragged to the cross, submissive. Broken by boards slung across his back. Violence in every aspect Inflicted by external forces. Holes pierced by nails driven with Violent swings of an iron mallet. Blood flows, precious blood, Which becomes wine. But only after the the grapes are picked, and Crushed. (Based on the Garden of […]

Vatican Previewed <em>The Promise</em>, Film about Armenian Genocide

Vatican Previewed The Promise, Film about Armenian Genocide

The movie, The Promise about the Armenian genocide, was viewed at the Vatican’s 50-seat screening room on April 4 with director Terry George, producer Eric Esrailian and some of the talent. The Pope was not able to attend however senior Vatican officials were in attendance at the screening. According to Variety: “When there was awareness [within the Vatican] […]

Justice for David Daleiden

Justice for David Daleiden

Apr 11 17 • 2 comments

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, investigative journalists with the Center for Medical Progress, are once again under attack by the justice system, this time in California. As we know, Daleiden and Merritt had previously faced multiple charges, including in the state of Texas where charges were eventually dropped. In addition, the National Abortion Federation filed […]

Poem: "The Moment I See Your Face"

Poem: “The Moment I See Your Face”

Apr 10 17 • 0 comments

The Moment I See Your Face As the Psalmist said, Lord, how I long to see Your face. Yet I do so fearfully, Knowledge of my sinfulness, Would postpone this joy. Poor I am indeed, That I should think this, Your mercy is enshrined by the saved. Your forgiveness could never be questioned by the […]

The New Civil War

The New Civil War

The left expects everyone to accept its ideological authority.

Affirmation and Salvation

Affirmation and Salvation

Apr 7 17 • 0 comments

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.” […]

Where Did You Find God Today?

Where Did You Find God Today?

Several years ago, I had a spiritual director who encouraged me to reflect on the following question: “Where did you find God today?” That is the question at the heart of Andy Otto’s new book, God Moments (Ave Maria Press, 2017). Otto, who has a master’s degree in theology and ministry, is a Catholic writer, […]

Couriers of Grace: My Daughter, the Sacraments, and a Surprising Walk of Faith

Couriers of Grace: My Daughter, the Sacraments, and a Surprising Walk of Faith

Apr 5 17 • 0 comments

  There once was a very special girl. Sarah was her name: a name that means Princess. This princess happened to be born with Down syndrome. Little Sarah grew up telling those around her that she had a perfect life! “If someone made an unkind remark about her appearance, she would smile and wave at […]

Singles Need Prayers

Singles Need Prayers

Apr 4 17 • 0 comments

Single Catholics: the Vocations Solution It is widely known, in both Catholic and non-Catholic circles, that the Catholic Church is experiencing a shortage of priestly and religious vocations at this time. We often hear prayers at Mass for an increase in these vocations. There are those who are called by God to this vocation who […]

Poem: "Ecclesia Mellow"

Poem: “Ecclesia Mellow”

Ecclesia Mellow Go and sin, sin on more. Mercy, my mercy, sin galore! The joy of love, not the sword, No division, praise me lord! An eye offends? That’s OK, Look again, not away. Fire everlasting not forever. Eternal damning, never, never. “Yes is yes” hurts so much. “No is no” is out of touch. […]

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