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Heaven: What is it Really Like?


Is heaven a big room where an old guy with a long white beard and a young guy with holes in his hands and feet sit on thrones, surrounded by adoring angels, with a white bird hovering over their heads? And what do we do there? Do we bow in adoration and pray all day, being generally blissful? A friend…

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The Devil Waits Outside the Church


The Devil Waits Outside the Church She arrived during the homily. Walking right up to the statue of Mary Help of Christians, crowned with May flowers and lovingly arranged her small spray in the Virgin’s arms. She genuflected, then crossed to the altar and prostrated herself, before proceeding to sit on the other side. I recognized her from 6:30 am…

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La Santisima Trinidad, Arroyo Seco, New Mexico


Blanketed in the first snow of the season, La Santisima Trinidad radiates hope to the surrounding community of Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. Built in 1834, the historic church stands as a monument to the families who originally settled the area. That the Catholic faith thrived during a period when there were very few priests available to serve the faithful in the rural southwest,…

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The Church of Itinerant Musicians


My home church has been welcoming itinerant musicians for as long as I can remember. St. Anne’s is a small mission church, 50 miles from everywhere in Northern Arizona. When I arrived here, there was a choir and an organist. Within a few years, that entire group had moved on and I became the organist and choir director. I was…

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Mass In Yellowstone NP, Wyoming


From the windows of the rec room, there is a panoramic view of the mists still rising off of Yellowstone Lake. (Okay, not in this picture.) Mass is about to begin and the young celebrant is scurrying around, arranging the altar, consulting with the pianist and greeting tourists – some in their Sunday best, some in hiking apparel. It is…

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