End of an Era– And For Me, Shuttle Brings Memories

I was just a little kid, but with my mother’s help, I wrote congratulatory letters to my astronaut heroes Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom.  Each responded by sending me an autographed photograph of himself—and I was hooked on the space program.  The bravery, the adventure, the romance! It was fifty years ago today that Gus Grissom became the second American astronaut in space.  And as the shuttle Atlantis is safely tucked away and the shuttle program becomes history, I offer a tribute:  John Gille … [Read more...]

SAY THE BLACK AND DO THE RED: What We Really Want in the Liturgy

From my friend (and one of my favorite authors) Fr. Dwight Longenecker:  a poem from his slim little book, "A Sudden Certainty:  Priest Poems." *     *     *     *     * A STUDENT'S PLEA No, no, Father, please don't toss the mikelike a DJ when you preach.  Please don't be cool.Please don't ride a Harley motorbike          when you come to school.Don't wear red cowboy boots for Pentecost,and tell dumb jokes to be our pal.  Please don't high five;say, "Sweet!" "Awesome!" "You suck!" or … [Read more...]


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