Cardinal Law Retires. Now Give a Guy a Break.

I am aware that in saying this, I stand against many of you:  people whom I respect, people whose work on behalf of the Church is laudable.But the vitriol directed against Cardinal Bernard Law must stop!With the news that the Cardinal has quietly resigned from his post as Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the Ethernet is again filling with criticisms and outcries over his reported shielding of abuse perpetrators in the Archdiocese of Boston.  The same was true recently when a p … [Read more...]


I ran across this beautiful prayer the other day, and thought it might come in handy.  I think today's the day!PRAYER FOR HUMILITYFather, give me the humilitywhich realizes its ignorance,admits its mistakes,recognizes its needs,welcomes adviceand accepts rebukes.Help me always to praiserather than criticize,to encourage rather than to disparage,to build rather than to destroy, and to think of people at their bestrather than at their worst. We ask this through Christ our … [Read more...]


We lost a mighty tree in our front yard this winter.  It was an ash, and yes, it was already dead—defeated by Michigan’s pernicious emerald ash borer.   When it toppled during a windstorm, it brought down the electrical wires, snapping a wooden pole, pulling the meter off our house and taking out the cable and internet in one fell swoop.  The weight of the massive trunk wrestled the roots from the damp earth, and 80 feet of bark and bole and branch sprawled across the lawn. Looking at the snarl … [Read more...]