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April: A month of personal discoveries and insights

April has a history of being a time of stunning discoveries and tumultuous insights for me. Just being in that particular month is like walking through a cathedral – full of sacred nooks and crannies.   There was a three-day period in April 1999 that served as my own triduum –...
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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Amid the drama

Amid the drama In January 1985 we moved into the new home that we had just built. As soon as we began to see signs of Spring, our efforts were concentrated on the outdoors, preparing the yard for grass, flowers and landscaping. Recalling one evening in particular, as we worked the cool damp soil around the house,...
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

In and around the kingdom

In and around the kingdom God’s kingdom is his precious gift to us, and it should be in our hearts and minds. God’s kingdom begins where his presence is, and his presence is in everything he created. What happens though, when we don’t recognize and respond to God’s presence? We then miss out on what...
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

The dark light of faith

The dark light of faith ...
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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

'I AM' … through all generations

            Our first reading from this past weekend was the story of Moses and the Burning Bush. This is one of the most well-known stories in the Old Testament. In this story, we come face to face with the unknowable mystery of God. When asked to identify Himself to...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

'We've got to go and hope somebody'

'We've got to go and hope somebody' ‘We’ve got to go and hope somebody’ By Kathy Gallo Connecting Faith and Life Life, with a faith perspective – a Catholic perspective – is full of paradoxes. The Gospels remind us that we gain our life by losing it; that it is when we are weak that we are strong; the la...
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The situation in Scituate

The situation in Scituate As we boarded the bus for a day trip outside the city of Boston this past fall, our bus driver gave us a brief rundown of the agenda for the day. As he mentioned that we would visit the site of the historic Scituate Lighthouse in Scituate, Massachusetts, I half-heartedly listened as I was more inte...
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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Serving with our hearts

Serving with our hearts Lent will soon be upon us. We all ponder the question of what to give up, or perhaps, what to add to our already busy lives. But I think in preparing for Lent, we should be aware of how we can be of service to others. Jesus taught us about service and challenges us to follow his example. As followe...
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

'The Chair and the Men'

'The Chair and the Men' On Feb. 22, the church celebrates a feast that has been held in Rome for the past 16 centuries: the Chair of Saint Peter. According to the Daily Roman Missal, “This feast commemorates the office of supreme pastor conferred by Christ upon St. Peter and continued in unbroken succession to the p...
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Turn to Jesus' teachings for answers

Our gospel story for the weekend of Feb. 9-10 began with a couple of discouraged fishermen.  They had worked all night and had nothing to show for it.  Then Jesus came along, climbed into one of the boats, sat down and began to teach them.  Only when he finished teaching did Jesus en...
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Thursday, February 14, 2019