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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 […]... Read More

Carrick Ministries – Catechetical Artistry

  In the few years since I last reviewed Carrick Ministries, their focus has broadened and evolved so much that I thought it was worth another mention.  Julie is still singing, writing songs, touring, and doing parish missions. Carrick Ministries has also teamed up with a number of other artists, such as Leighton Drake, another […]... Read More
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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 […]... Read More
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Affordable Health Care? Who Is It Really Helping?

My friend’s husband has a rare form of lung cancer.  He has never smoked.  He is a vegetarian.  They are self-employed, with two young sons.  Like many entrepreneurs, they make too much money to qualify for state health care and not enough to buy their own.  Then of course, there are the pre-existing conditions.  So […]... Read More

Bella – Review

http://www.bellamoviesite.com/ Bella, released in 2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival, is one of those movies that I really meant to see, but never got around to it.  Thanks to Netflix, I finally did, and wow, what a great movie! The story, which takes place in one day, may get a little confusing as the […]... Read More

The Pilgrim Virgin of Guadalupe

A couple of months ago I was priviledged to participate in the pilgrimage of Our Lady of Guadalupe within our Mexican community.  Once a year, a couple from Prescott brings a life-size portrait of the Virgin to our small town and She visits a number of homes where we gather for a nightly rosary, singing […]... Read More

Fulton Sheen’s Cause – Victim Of Another Bishops’ Snafu?

Rocco Palmo’s latest update to Whispers In The Loggia today, cites yet another incomprehensible move by our “hierarchy”.  I can only hope that it is just a miscommunication that got out of hand.  According to the website for archbishop Sheen’s cause for sainthood, the Diocese of Peoria is passing the buck for Sheen’s beatification, because the Archdiocese […]... Read More

Ash Wednesday

These forty days of Lent, O Lord, with you we fast and pray; Teach us to discipline our wills and follow Lord your way. (These Forty Days of Lent, (c) 1970 WLP) I don’t know what I’m “giving up” for Lent this year. I try to fast and abstain from meat on Fridays, and today of course, […]... Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, came and it was decided it was too cold “for the little ones” to have our procession through town. So we had our mass and rosary in the church, and the children put on a play in the hall afterwards, followed by a delicious […]... Read More