March 9, 2017

Life is beautiful. Yes, indeed . . . in many different ways. But it is far from perfect. There are events, things and people that contribute to making it happy and beautiful, but they can also at times make it sad or ugly, with or without our own choosing, or fault....

March 6, 2017

The Greek mythology about the Trojan Horse, the ingenuous strategy of the Greeks to take back Helen of Troy, "the face that launched a thousand ships," can be brought to mind in reflecting on the readings at Mass this First Sunday of Lent.

The mythical story s...

February 28, 2017

The beautiful reading for this Sunday from the Gospel of Matthew about Our Lord’s admonition not to worry about our life’s needs brings to my mind the picture of the grinning Alfred E. Neuman, the iconic character in the satirical, funny MAD magazine, with the caption...

February 25, 2017

Sometime in May of 2008, my deacon class had our canonical retreat at Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner, Maryland before our ordination on June 28, 2008.

Our retreat master, a Jesuit priest, made us sit in a circle: There were 18 chairs: 16 for us retreatants, 1 for him,...

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