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Christmas and the Communion of Saints

Christmas and the Communion of Saints My mother died on the third day of Christmas, December 27, 2009, just a little shy of my father’s second anniversary of death. She would have died in February 2009 except that I’m quite sure that my father intervened to save her life.  After my father’s death in January […] Read More

6 Catholic Devotions that Changed My Life

Everyone takes a unique path to the Lord, and Catholics have many devotions to help along the way. The following six devotions have helped me walk in faith. I guess you could say they changed my life: 1) Brown Scapular. I started wearing the brown scapular after hearing about the promise Our Lady of Mt. […] Read More

Your Bio-Book of Life

Feature Submission authored by Romuald Simeone and Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco, Ph.D. Each of us daily, yearly unwittingly write our own memoir-ed autobiography on diary pages and stage-of-growth chapters As I gaze out at my audience or visualize those clicking onto my website. My eyes see not just the people present, but a metaphoric crowd of “human […] Read More

Preparing for Advent with C.S. Lewis

November is a great time to meditate upon our final destiny. Catholics are often reminded of the four last things which lay always before a soul on Earth: death, judgment, heaven, and hell. The souls in Purgatory have already faced these and during the month of November we pray for them; but we are also […] Read More

Pilate’s Dilemma: Caught in a Struggle of Truths

“So Pilate said to him, ‘Then you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’….Once more Pilate […] Read More

The Old Man and Marriage Before the Fall

In 1805 explorers of Franconia Notch in NH were amazed to see an outcropping of rock formation on the side of a mountain that resembled the profile of an old man. This “old man of the mountain” became the icon of New Hampshire, appearing on license plates, toll tokens, and road signs. Suddenly in the […] Read More

The Heart of the Covenant

“Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your heart?” ― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility A friend introduced me to the work of Jane Austen a few years ago, one affectionate story at a time. The above quote from Sense and Sensibility portrays the interplay between […] Read More

The Ambiguous Identity of St. James

The New Testament authors mention atleast a couple men by the name of James, but keeping their identities straight can be a bit confusing. Here’s what you need to know. We now refer to these men as St. James the Lesser and St. James the Greater, but the Bible contains different monikers. Sometimes, the Scripture […] Read More

Benedict and the Jets: A Lesson from the Monastery to the Modern World

Wake up…Kiss my spouse…Fight traffic….Go to work…Fight Traffic…Kiss my spouse….Pay the bills….Go to bed….Set alarm to repeat next day. Sound like a familiar routine? The world today is fixated on the busyness of daily life. It sometimes seems that one’s time becomes dictated by a pre-set schedule. Day by day and week to week, there […] Read More