Ah, Tuscany Pt. I

Tags: Italy, Travel

April 09, 2010 06:54

Frances Mayes is out with a new book entitled Every Day in Tuscany. Mayes is the author of several books about life in Italy, and she is one of my favorite authors. I'm about half way through this latest memoir, and so far, it hasn't disappointed.Her writing style is such that she draws you into the story, the experiences, and its as if you get to meet the people, share the food, drink the...


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Be Still

Tags: Catholic-church, Spirit

April 07, 2010 22:59

Several years ago, I had the chance to visit the Grand Tetons with my family. I asked "how come no one ever told me about this place?" I had never heard of this mountain range before, and it was one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen. It would be on my "top ten things to see before you die list." Make the trip!It seems like the last few days have been very chaotic. Things are just...


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We Are An Easter People

Tags: Papacy, Spirit

April 04, 2010 07:36

"I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world." John 12:46-47
Another Easter Vigil has come and gone. In our parish, there are 22 new Catholics, and in our Archdiocese, the largest number of converts in...


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Holy Saturday

Tags: Spirit

April 03, 2010 06:55

The time of waiting is drawing to a close. In my parish, 22 people are waiting to join the Church tonight at the Easter Vigil.This is only a part of the Exultet, an ancient hymn which will be sung tonight at the beginning of the Easter Vigil; it is one of our Church's most beautiful hymns.

This is our passover feast,When Christ, the true Lamb, is slain,whose blood consecrates the homes of all...


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Holy Thursday

Tags: Catholic-church, Papacy, Spirit

April 01, 2010 17:40

This image of Christ washing the feet of His Disciples is from a series of frescos painted by Giotto and found in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. I have been blessed to have seen the originals more than once, and they are precious and powerful, and the story about how they survived World War Two is miraculous. They are, however, not the main story today.Tonight, the Church commemorates the...


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Zacchaeus

Tags: Spirit

March 30, 2010 17:20

In Luke's Gospel (19:1-10), we hear the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector. He's a short man,and he wants to see Jesus but can't see over the crowd. So he climbs a tree to get a better look.Jesus sees him, calls him down, and says "Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay in your house."Now, as I was pondering this passage, I got to thinking. What would I do if Jesus invited...


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Hope of things to come

Tags: Gardening

March 29, 2010 07:15

When I got up this morning to let the dog out, I opened the back door and felt the first warm, gentle rain of the season. Spring usually comes a bit earlier here in Maryland, but we're coming off of a long, snowy winter, the likes of which had never been seen in these parts.As all good gardeners do, I started thinking about spring when the first bulb catalogues start rolling in around...


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Make it a Holy Week

Tags: Catholic-church, Papacy, Spirit

March 28, 2010 06:16

And so it begins again. Holy Week is here, starting today with Palm Sunday. Yesterday, we had our annual RCIA retreat for all those coming into the Church at the Easter Vigil.How blessed we are to be able to journey alongside these people seeking God. I wish sometimes that our group was smaller, that I could get to know each person more deeply, but the Lord keeps bringing large groups of people...


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