They say that there are two kinds of people in the world:  those who always finish their sentences, and those  *     *     *     *     *  In our happy household, there is one of each kind.  My husband always finishes his sentences.  He also balances his checkbook, folds his t-shirts before stacking them neatly in the drawer, and backs into his parking space so the car will be ready to pull out in the morning.  Me?  I flit from one idea to the next, dump my clean laundry into the drawer, and lon … [Read more...]

SUFFER (because) THE LITTLE CHILDREN (don’t want) TO COME UNTO ME: When Children Aren't Charming in Church

IF YOU’RE A PARENT, you know it can happen.  Your chubby little Chad can be simply angelic, smiling and blowing kisses all through breakfast, but morph into “Chucky” just as the homily begins.IF YOU DON’T HAVE CHILDREN OF YOUR OWN, you sigh in exasperation when the toddler in the pew in front of you cavorts in the aisle, peers into purses and loudly demands donuts while tossing his toys in the air.Sometimes, small children just can’t sit still in church, regardless of the careful parental pla … [Read more...]

Vatican Secret Archives Reveal Their Treasures

Warning:  This story is not nearly as interesting as it would have been just a few years ago.When I toured the Vatican Secret Archives in September 2004, the thousands of documents and historical artifacts housed therein were rarely seen by anyone but the Pope and his Curia, and Vatican scholars.  Since that time, Rome has embraced the 20th century, and most of the collections housed in the Vatican Libraries, including the “Secret Archives,” have been made available on-line for all to see. … [Read more...]