Teen Locked in Basement: Let’s Get out of Our Bubbles

Watching this story today on CNN, I was horrified: A 17 year old, developmentally delayed Missouri teen, locked with handcuffs in his townhouse basement since September and subsiding on instant oatmeal and ramen noodles… Neighbors suspected trouble, but didn’t report anything to authorities until their fears were shared aloud by another acquaintance… Authorities intervened on [Read More...]

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Bidding Adieu to Bishop D’Arcy

Somehow, it feels fitting to me that I learned of the passing of Bishop Emeritus John Michael D’Arcy in a tweet from his brother Bishop Christopher Coyne on Sunday morning. I can’t recall ever having met Bishop D’Arcy, and yet he was in a way a beautiful spiritual shepherd for me. From May 1, 1985 until [Read More...]

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Um, Wow: Cardinal Mahony Responds

Read it for yourself at his blog. Comment/vent here if you wish. As for me, my stomach still isn’t settled and my head is still spinning. Time to get on my knees and start praying… [Read more...]

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Tales of Tragedy Told: Archdiocese of LA Releases Files

The news hit in a big way last night.  It wasn’t a surprise in any way. We know it’s been brewing for years, and what came out last night in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is simply another chapter in a tragedy that’s been unfolding before our eyes. If you’re one of the few who [Read More...]

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Why, Why Manti?

With a hat tip to my Twitter buddy Marcel LeJeune & with apologies for the Al Roker snippets.. too funny not to share: I’ll bet even Manti laughs when he sees this one! And if you’re wondering why I haven’t blogged about the interview yet, it’s because I haven’t yet had a chance to see [Read More...]

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Notre Dame’s #1 Most Beautiful Cathedral & Other Worldwide Beauties

Feel like taking a little field trip today? Take ten minutes and treat yourself to this article on the 30 Most Beautiful College Cathedrals. I’ll admit a slight bias, since my alma mater‘s Basilica of the Sacred Heart comes in at number one. For an even better sneak peek, take the Basilica’s Virtual Tour. This [Read More...]

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The Manti Mess: What I’ll be Discussing with My Sons

As the whole Manti Te’o/”Lennay Kekua saga” continues with information swirling around us, I’ve been pondering what — in absence of the absolute truth — I can as (as a mother) share about this situation with my two sons. Our eldest is close to Manti’s age, and an equally gifted young man. Our youngest, a high [Read More...]

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“Catfished” – I Believe Manti Te’o

My head is reeling tonight from a story involving both my alma mater, Notre Dame and my favorite college football player, Manti Te’o. In a nutshell, here is the story as reported by Jack Swarbrick, Vice President and Director of Athletics for the University of Notre Dame: Good evening. Thanks to all of you for [Read More...]

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When Violence Divides Us

I’ve already mentioned here on the blog how challenging, in fact heart-wrenching, it can be to try to blog in the aftermath of tragedies like last week’s devastation in Connecticut. Yesterday, I was reminded personally how swift the transition from national outrage to finger pointing can really be. It’s not surprising, perhaps, that in the [Read More...]

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Can There Possibly Be Joy amidst the Pain?

Today is a challenge. We crowd into our churches to celebrate the Mass. We light a rose colored candle on this third Sunday of Advent — Gaudete Sunday — and “rejoice” as our hearts journey closer to Christ and the celebration of Christmas. Today is a moment set aside in the midst of Advent to [Read More...]

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