No Surprise Here! Vatican Conference Ends With Affirmation of Marriage

Humanum - marriage conference

The Vatican's three-day colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage has ended today, not surprisingly, with an affirmation of marriage.What WAS surprising--at least to me--was the pure poetry of the closing statement.   Participants listened to a reading of "A New Affirmation of Marriage"--which explained why wedding celebrations are joyful.  The statement, along with additional information about the conference, can be accessed at the website; but for your convenience, I've … [Read more...]

“Bucket List” Baby’s Short Life Was Full of Love

Baby Shane

"Today at 6:15AM, after meeting his entire family and being baptized into the Catholic faith, baby Shane died peacefully in his Mother's arms." *     *     *     *     * On October 9, more than 910,000 followers of the "Prayers for Shane" Facebook page received the sad news that Shane Michael Haley, an anencephalic infant, had died just four hours after birth."We are so grateful for the time that we were blessed to hold and hug our son," wrote his parents Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley.  "The s … [Read more...]

For the International Day of Older Persons: My Reflection on Growing Older

Allie and Noah in "The Notebook"

I am no one special. Just a common man with common thoughts. I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but in one respect I’ve succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul and for me that has always been enough. –Duke (James Garner), “The Notebook”I’m a pretty tough cookie when it comes to the movies.  I sit back and analyze the dialogue, deconstruct scenes and then imagine them differ … [Read more...]


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