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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

“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...]

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...]

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...]

Praying for the Families & Loved Ones of Sandy Hook Elementary

I’m just arriving home from an extended meeting and — like the rest of you — am trying to digest the horrific act of violence perpetrated today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. No words could ever restore what has been lost, so I will simply ask our readers to join me today in [Read More...]


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