HEARTSONGS: The Story of Matti Stepanek Will Knock Your Socks Off

Requiem in SeaOh, to call the conch my home . . . Stormy-smoothed tunnels of Kaleidoscope walls spiraling into Pearl-shimmered dyes, Ever-changing with the light Of the sun, of the moon, Of the tide, and the gloaming, And surging, and sighing,Of the sea . . . Of that space That calls to me Beyond the Polished Pier, Beyond the now, and here.Echo of ocean breath, Silhouette of Light, Indescribable description Passing, mortal fathoming. Passion, ebbing into solace, Upon … [Read more...]

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R.I.P. Betty Ford: Champion of [Some] Women's Rights

Former First Lady Betty Ford died this week of natural causes, at the age of 93.  One can offer many tributes for this outspoken activist who gave voice to important causes such as breast cancer prevention (she had a mastectomy in 1974) and alcohol and drug addiction (she struggled with alcoholism and was a catalyst in advancing addiction treatment through the Betty Ford Center).She was a dancer and a divorcee.  She was a prominent force in the Women’s Movement in the 1970s, joining forces wit … [Read more...]

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NO GREATER LOVE: Facing Kidney Failure, Priest Receives the Gift of Life From His Friend

May he be faithful to the ministry that he receives from you, Lord God, and be to others a model of right conduct. --From the Prayer of Consecration, Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood On the day of his ordination, a young priest expects to offer a lifetime of loving service to Christ and His Church.  Through his prayer and his ministry, he will lead his flock to a deeper understanding of their faith; he will walk with them in joy and sorrow, sharing their joy at the baptism of a child and the … [Read more...]

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