January 1, 2011

Several years ago, my wife’s sister came home one day to learn that her husband of 25 years no longer wanted to be married to her.  To say it was a shock would be an understatement.  It turned her world inside out.  She ended up, like so many people today, going through a difficult and painful divorce. But she told me at the time there was one song she kept playing over and over on her iPod.  It helped put… Read more

January 1, 2011

Another deadly attack on Christians, this time in Egypt, as they attended mass on New Year’s Day. Details, from the AP: A powerful bomb, possibly from a suicide attacker, exploded in front of a Coptic Christian church as a crowd of worshippers emerged from a New Years Mass early Saturday, killing at least 21 people and wounding nearly 80 in an attack that raised suspicions of an al-Qaida role. The attack came in the wake of threats by al-Qaida militants… Read more

January 1, 2011

I’ll be preaching about this song in my homily for Sunday. I think it’s a great way to kick-start the new year, with a message of new beginnings and resilient hope. Enjoy.  Happy New Year — happy new you! Read more

January 1, 2011

And so, a new year dawns! Happy 2011! The year is young — anything is possible! Here’s praying that you and yours enjoy only the best of blessings in the year ahead. God bless, Deacon Greg Read more

December 31, 2010

This is traditionally the day when we make resolutions and size up the year to come. This is when we decide… To quit smoking…again. To lose weight…again. To stop drinking…again. To spend less money…again. I typically spend this day going through all the junk piled up on my desk and sorting through old papers in my office – figuring out what to keep and what to pitch.  A friend of mine every year rearranges the books on his shelves.  I… Read more

December 31, 2010

This is traditionally the day when we make resolutions and size up the year to come. This is when we decide… To quit smoking…again. To lose weight…again. To stop drinking…again. To spend less money…again. I typically spend this day going through all the junk piled up on my desk and sorting through old papers in my office – figuring out what to keep and what to pitch.  A friend of mine every year rearranges the books on his shelves.  I… Read more

December 31, 2010

This strikes me as eminently sane, and even wise — and good advice for all of us as we enter a new year. From Fr. James Martin at the Huffington Post, who marked his 50th birthday by tweeting these life lessons to his friends: 1. First up: Stop worrying so much! It’s useless. (I.e. Jesus was right.) 2. Being a saint means being yourself. Stop trying to be someone else and just be your best self. Saves you heartache. 3…. Read more

December 30, 2010

This strikes me as eminently sane, and even wise — and good advice for all of us as we enter a new year. From Fr. James Martin at the Huffington Post, who marked his 50th birthday by tweeting these life lessons to his friends: 1. First up: Stop worrying so much! It’s useless. (I.e. Jesus was right.) 2. Being a saint means being yourself. Stop trying to be someone else and just be your best self. Saves you heartache. 3…. Read more

December 30, 2010

“I must honestly tell you that our Christmas Eve liturgy was so slap-dash, so irreverent and untrained and featured music so poorly chosen and executed that it was joyless, perfunctory and at times just so awful as to feel more like torture than celebration. Even my husband, who never has a bad word to say, called it ‘unendurable.’ The observation was made within our group that ‘that mass is exactly why people can’t be bothered coming to mass and young… Read more

December 30, 2010

“I must honestly tell you that our Christmas Eve liturgy was so slap-dash, so irreverent and untrained and featured music so poorly chosen and executed that it was joyless, perfunctory and at times just so awful as to feel more like torture than celebration. Even my husband, who never has a bad word to say, called it ‘unendurable.’ The observation was made within our group that ‘that mass is exactly why people can’t be bothered coming to mass and young… Read more

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