A date that will live…

There are certain dates that resonate with a generation. They are almost a shorthand for an event that needs no further explanation. For my parents’ generation, it is “December 7, 1941.” For those of my age in our childhood, it was “November 22, 1963.” For most of us, it is now September 11, 2001, or simply  …

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Will she keep it?

A few days ago it was announced from London to seemingly universal joy that another “Royal baby” is on the way. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ( “Will and Kate”) are expecting their second child. The announcement was necessitated, as was the case with their first child, due to the mother’s propensity to severe …

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Suicide

In the light of Robin William’s recent suicide and the reportage concerning it, I came across a thought-provoking article in a UK secular magazine. Though it references places and events there, I think the author is worth reading, even from his secular viewpoint.   http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/there-was-nothing-brave-about-robin-williams-death/15654#.U_p3c2M2WSr   August 24, 2014

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Getting all medieval..

Dear friends, “Does it please Thee, O God, to deliver into the hands of these beasts the defenseless children whom I have nourished with Thy Love?” The words above stood out like a thunderclap. Earlier this morning (August 11th) I was reading the entry in “Butler’s Lives of the Saints” for the saint of the day: …

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A wrong turn a century ago.

A hundred years ago, a harried chauffeur, berated by his boss in the front seat next to him, jammed on the brakes and started fumbling with the clutch and the gear shift of the big open bulky touring car. Behind him in the passengers’ seats sat a large, mustachioed middle-aged man suffering from asthma in …

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A Tale of Two Cards

A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting the city of Paris. Among the glories of the “City of Light” that had once been the second city of Roman Catholicism ( the venue of the work of Saint Albert the Great, Saint Thomas Aquinas, the capital of Saint Louis IX and the city of …

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Sound the Retreat

Dear friends,   This week I will be away on my annual spiritual retreat. This is an obligation required of all priests by Canon Law. I must say however I have always found it a pleasant obligation. When I first began my priestly formation way back in 1965 at the old Saint Pius X Preparatory …

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If there is no God….

I am currently reading the most dreadful book I have ever read in my entire life. I do not mean that it is poorly written or dull. In fact, it is just the opposite. The book is Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder published just a year ago. It is about a band of Central Europe running from the …

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Words

Just recently I came across a holy card that was printed to commemorate my installation as Pastor of Saint James Parish in Seaford on September 17, 2000. That Sunday was also the feast of Saint Robert Bellarmine, my patron Saint. The card brought back many memories of the kindnesses of so many in that parish …

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Silence…

Some of you might be familiar with a journalist and Fox News contributor named Kirsten Powers. Unlike other “mainstream” media outlets FNC does, in fact, have varying viewpoints.She is one of them, but with a twist. Ms. Powers takes a reliably liberal, or “progressive”, line on domestic politics, usually supports the Obama Administration on almost …

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