A pastor’s proposal for the new year

See what you think.  From Te Deum laudamus: I have never been a proponent of panic, of conspiracy, or of the imminent consummation of the world. The reasons for my reticence to advocate such positions are reasonableness and confidence in Divine Providence. It’s clear however that we, as a people, seem to be ever more [Read More...]

“Work more and better”: Woody Guthrie’s new year’s resolutions

From 70 years ago: 1942. Via Lists of Note. See a larger version here. [Read more...]

Catholic New Year’s resolutions

[I wrote the following for my parish bulletin.  Dcn. G.] So here we are, beginning another year, rising to face new challenges, hoping to be better people next December 31 than we were last December 31.  Some people are hoping to lose weight.  Some will stop smoking.  Looking for suggestions?  Maybe these will help.  Meantime, [Read More...]

New Year's resolutions for Catholics

Okay.  So maybe you don’t need to lose weight or give up smoking.  Looking for some other resolutions for 2011?  Look no further. I wrote this several years ago for my parish bulletin, and it was reprinted this week.  I got a lot of comments about it after mass today, so I thought I’d post [Read More...]

"Today is where your book begins — the rest is still unwritten…"

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...]

Happy New Year from "The Bench"

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...]

Homily for January 1, 2011: Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

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 [Read More...]