Saturday was my first archery deer hunt this season. It featured beautiful weather and a deer sighting.
September 26, 2015
More Legend than History. There is very little accurate historical information about Sts. Cosmas and Damian, but their legend has been popular and revered over the centuries. As the story goes, Cosmas and Damian were twin brothers, born in Arabia sometime in the early to mid-Third Century.
September 25, 2015
The World Meeting of Families has wrapped up Part I: the congress, a series of keynote addresses and breakout sessions in multiple languages, daily Masses with extraordinary processions of miters, and 20,000 people trying to navigate a convention center. It has been well-managed chaos, making it seem like that huge number of participants can’t actually […]
September 24, 2015
People assume President Obama and Pope Francis share similar concern over environmental issues, but I think an important difference motivates these two world leaders.
September 22, 2015
When we walked into the Pennsylvania Convention Center lobby this afternoon to sign in for the World Meeting of Families, cheerful volunteers handed us a T-shirt and a clear plastic backpack. As I watched thousands of pilgrims sport this new accessory around the convention center, I grew more and more curious about exactly what was in these bags of mystery.
September 18, 2015
My first encounter with then-Blessed Junipero Serra was when I was a Crosier religious brother on a trip to Phoenix, Arizona, in the 1980’s. I have a special devotion to the Cross, and I had an aunt, now deceased, Sister Mary Eve Goering, O.S.F., who was a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls, so the Franciscans have a dear place in my heart. There, above the entrance to the La Casa Retreat House in Mesa was a statue of Father Serra holding a Latin Cross and dressed in a Franciscan habit. I liked him right away!
September 18, 2015
One of the highlights of Pope Francis’ trip to the United States will be the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra, O.F.M., as a saint, this coming Wednesday, September 23. Father Serra (1713-1784) was declared venerable, the first step toward sainthood, by Pope John Paul II in 1985, and he was beatified, the second step toward sainthood, also by Pope John Paul II, on September 25, 1988. His canonization is the third and final step to official recognition as a saint.