For Our World: A Child’s Profound Reflections on 9/11


I saw the World Trade Center only once. It was 1998 or 1999.  It had been a number of years since I’d visited New York City; but when our youngest son Jerry began working at an airline, I took advantage of my “parent privileges” (in those innocent pre-9/11 days, parents of employees could fly for $30/roundtrip) and the two of us set off for a day trip to the Big Apple.  We planned to see the sights, visit a museum, enjoy lunch and dinner—then head back home to Michigan.At some point—was … [Read more...]

Baby Mary Sisters Safeguard a Precious Statue, Welcome Pilgrims in Rome

The Maria Bambina, a wax image of the Child Mary created in 1730

Just a block or so from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, there live an order of nuns affectionately known as the “Baby Mary Sisters.” The actual name of their religious order is the Sisters of Charity or, more commonly, the Sisters of Maria Bambina; and they came to mind because on September 8, we celebrated the birthday of the Virgin Mary.When I worked with Legatus, I once needed a conference room in which to hold a meeting.  The priest working with our group suggested that I contact the Ba … [Read more...]

Pray at 3:00 on First Friday? Count Me In!

Rt. Rev. Kieran Conry

The Right Reverend Kieran Conry has an idea:  He has called on all Catholics in his region to turn to prayer on the First Friday of each month at 3:00 p.m., the hour when Jesus died.In anticipation of the Year of Faith, Bishop Conry, who is the bishop of Arundel and Brighton and chair of the Church of England and Wales’ evangelisation committee, hopes that working men and women will set the alarms on their cell phones for 2:55 p.m. to remind them to pray at 3:00 p.m. if possible, or during th … [Read more...]