Archive For March 29, 2013

Why I Love Our Crucifix

A little over four years ago, our parish moved into our new church building.  While I was impressed by the grandeur and scale of the building, and felt that they had done an excellent job of making a modern building feel special and holy, adding elements reflective of our parish’s Irish history, I confess that I wasn’t…

A Kiss from the Pope

Anyone who knows me well already knows that I’d love to have another child.  But, when I watch this video I really want to convince Ray that five is the perfect family, or perhaps just make a wee itty bitty mistake in my charting.  All so we can take a trip to Rome and maybe…

It’s a Beautiful Day

I don’t know what sets it apart and makes my heart swell with gratitude, but the words that keep swimming in my head are simple:  “It’s a beautiful day.” Is it because I went to bed at a reasonable hour, and turned my alarm off when it squawked at five a.m.?  I certainly do feel…

The Last Judgement

When the cardinals approached the box to cast their ballots for the next successor to Peter, they were faced with this painting: Michelangelo’s fresco, The Last Judgement, depicts the damned being cast into hell on Christ’s lower left, while elsewhere the blessed are raised up to heaven. When taking part in such a weighty task, it was certainly prudent…

Viva il Papa!

This is the first papal conclave that I’ve really watched.  The election of Benedict XVI occurred so soon after my confirmation into the Church, that it all still seemed very foreign and strange to me… while I knew that it was important, it wasn’t personal yet. And so I was completely unprepared for the emotions…

Snow – An Amateur’s Poem

Snow! Snow! Such wonderful stuff! When it is falling, I can’t get enough. Snowflakes melting in my hair, Nose pink from frosty air. Angels made in the white, Men rolled into spheres so tight. My senses thus beguiled, I unearth my inner child. And for a moment, or three, or four, Find that I wish…

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