A young widow writes about being a young widow

Here’s a topic rarely brought up in Catholic circles.  This comes from Tammy Ruiz, a nurse and bereavement coordinator: What has genuinely surprised me (and the main reason I wanted to write on this topic) is the overbearing sense of expectations I perceive coming from others and how it really hurt me and complicated my [Read More...]

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A groom on the morning of his wedding: “It will all be a gift”

This guy understands that finding the love of your life is an answer to a prayer:   So I’m getting married today. It’s about 1:00am and, as I imagine most soon-to-be grooms experience, I’m having trouble sleeping. In about thirteen hours, Jackie Francois will be walking down the aisle towards me—me, a bum from Florida. [Read More...]

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Newly ordained married priest: “My new journey is just beginning”

Father George Sanders blesses his wife and children after his ordination. (photo: Bob Ocken, Arkansas Catholic) From Arkansas Catholic:  On his ordination day Aug. 3, Father George Sanders reflected on his journey that got him to Christ the King Church in Little Rock kneeling before Bishop Anthony B. Taylor. As the bishop laid hands on [Read More...]

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The “Hail-Mary-moon”?

The headline caught my eye, and the story that follows offers an interesting glimpse into how far some people will go to try and save their marriage. From the New York Times:  It’s a steamy summer day in the middle of vacation season, and the beach, whether on Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod or Sanibel Island, [Read More...]

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California Catholic school fires teacher after gay wedding

Details:  A Rancho Cucamonga man who taught 17 years at a Catholic high school was fired from his job days after he married his gay partner in a San Bernardino civil ceremony. While school representatives declined comment on the matter, an attorney representing 45-year-old Ken Bencomo says he was fired because of the same-sex ceremony. [Read More...]

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Homily for February 10, 2013: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] For the last 24 hours or so, besides being buried in snow, we were buried in news about the snow. Weathermen were breathlessly tracking the storm. Among the things they liked to talk about were OTHER storms—blizzards that had blitzed New York in the last century. One of them was the [Read More...]

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Married clergy and abstaining from sex: “The Church has not changed her expectation”

Canon lawyer Ed Peters has weighed in on the topic again.  He makes clear that — despite indications to the contrary – canon law on the subject is unchaged: My position is, of course, that Western law and tradition expect, beyond any question, the observance of perfect and perpetual continence among all clerics, and that [Read More...]

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From the archives: a 50th wedding anniversary homily

My wife’s parents, Gerry and Brenda Meyer, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August of 2008. They renewed their vows at a special Mass. This is my homily for that occasion. Last week, Maureen Dowd, the columnist for the New York Times, wrote about all the celebrity divorces going on. People like Christie Brinkley and [Read More...]

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