Catholic Funeral Mass

Catholic Funeral Mass

Early last week I learned that the father of two boys in my daughter’s school died of a heart attack during spring break. Although he is ten years older than us, both of his sons are my daughters’ age, and for three of the last four years at least one pair of them has...
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Prayer of Abandonment

I am humbled to be a guest blogger today over at Sarah Reinhard’s site, Snoring Scholar, writing about my difficulty with the powerful Prayer of Abandonment.  Are you familiar with it?Shelly and I met Sarah at the Catholic New Media Celebration in...
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Red-Light Lent

For weeks we were bombarded with messages about preparing ourselves for Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter. Maybe you really enjoyed the Mardi Gras party, but you’re still -not quite sure what all this noise is about fasting, giving, and praying. It’s easy to feel...
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Bittersweet Birthday

How well I remember that spring morning eighteen years ago waiting anxiously. The call came about 11 a.m. while standing at the Bookstop, ringing out the occasional Sunday customer. Excitedly, I darted into the hold books closet where I could momentarily talk and...