Why Didn’t Saint Andrew Say No?

Last year for Advent, I was given a beautiful little book of reflections from the Sisters, Immaculate Heart of Mary from Scranton, Pennsylvania.   Called “Reach Out,” the book is a compilation of poignant and thought-provoking meditations for each day of the Advent and Christmas season.From time to time during the next few weeks, I plan to share a few of their stories.  If you’d like to read the rest, may I suggest that you consider purchasing “Reach Out” as an e-book during this season of an … [Read more...]

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THE OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY: Unintended Consequences – Kudzu, Digital Billboards, and the Birth Control Pill

Do you remember the silly children’s song about the old lady who swallowed the fly?  The poor, misguided woman tried again and again to rid herself of her problem, by swallowing bigger and bigger things—a spider, a bird, a cat, a dog, a goat, a cow, and finally a horse—and she’s dead, of course!The law of unintended consequences, popularized in the 20th century by American sociologist Robert Merton, is like that.  Someone does something, no doubt with the best of intentions, but the plan blow … [Read more...]

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Holy Mass – LIVE From the Milk Grotto

Have you ever heard of the Milk Grotto?Well, I sure hadn’t, until last year.  The Milk Grotto (officially Magharet Sitti Mariam, “Grotto of the Lady Mary”) is a peaceful grotto located just a few minutes away from Bethlehem’s Manger Square.According to tradition, the Holy Family took refuge in the Milk Grotto during Herod’s Slaughter of the Innocents, before their flight into Egypt.  There in the grotto, Mary nursed the newborn Jesus; and while she was nursing, a drop of milk fell to the … [Read more...]

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