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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

The Eucharist which I was Denied

As a protestant, I always had questions as to why we celebrated communion and why there were so many camps of belief in taking it. Why did it matter how often we took it? Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly – why the fuss? And what exactly was I missing that everyone seemed to get? I get that […] Read More

Merely Toddlers

The other day, my 5th and 6th grade religion class was interrupted by many little three year olds who were stationed outside our door and did not want to behave. Our lesson happened to be about the Eucharist. It was the passage in John’s Gospel in which Christ tells a large crowd that He is […] Read More

Witches and Devils and Spells – Oh My!

I don’t mean to spook anyone with this story, especially at this time of year, but it’s something I need to write about. I also don’t want to enter into the ad nauseam discussion about Halloween. You know, whether it’s okay for Christians to celebrate such a pagan holiday, or if it’s not because of […] Read More

Things That Turned Me Catholic: Sin & Ignorance

I had the good fortune of attending a private Christian university on the West Coast for two years.  It’s a fairly well-known school that goes by the name Biola — an acronym turned name that once stood for the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles.  As the name suggests it is an evangelical Christian college with […] Read More

A Tribute to James Foley

For the same reason that we call the day Jesus was scourged and crucified “Good,” a terrible beauty has emerged following the brutal ISIS beheading of Global Post reporter, James Foley. As members of his parents’ parish of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Rochester, NH, we had united in prayer many times, first […] Read More

Grace and Suffering

There was a time when my wife and I and our six kids would show up at my parents’ house to the smell of home cooked meals and a refrigerator full of each of our favorite things. All in all it was a very typical time at Grandma’s house. My mom’s kitchen was her domain […] Read More

I Changed My Mind About My Conversion

This month marks the seventh anniversary of my decision to seek full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.  That decision was both easy and very difficult.  On one hand it was a choice between admittance to the Blessed Sacrament or a life without the Eucharist.  An easy choice, to be sure.  However, on the other […] Read More

Let the Little Children Sit Far Away

I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church six years ago. In my arduous journey to Rome, on the final leg of that most intense trek, I was helped by a young priest in the Diocese of Allentown–one Fr. Butera. He had grown up in a nearby parish where the following story took […] Read More