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Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Today is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  Today’s NY Times has an article about Pope Francis and his new living of what St. Francis was about 800 years ago – read it here. History says this was not actually written by St. Francis, but certainly connected to him. Regardless, it is one of…

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Words

The considerate Pastor of a poor inner-city parish had purchased corsages for all the mothers expected at the Mother’s Day Masses the following day. He had directed his much younger seminarian assistant to place all the corsages in the “icebox” to preserve them. The seminarian did not know that “icebox” was an older term for…

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Team

Michael’s mistake on court was not only an intercepted pass, but more importantly his failure to hustle back down court, allowing an easy basket in a tight game. Our Coach jumped up and immediately called a timeout. Michael steeled himself for the expected lecture, but had decided it was worth it. As the coach prepared…

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Ever-Present

The sobs I heard coming from my daughter’s bedroom were never intended for my ears.  She was informing her best friend that I would soon be on my way for emergency surgery, making it impossible for me to attend her high school graduation the next evening. While the pain in my body was severe, what…

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This Not What I Signed Up For

“They lied to us!” I boldly exclaimed.  This was the way I began my first public presentation in Spanish before my teachers and classmates as I was concluding my six-week intensive course.  I had decided to study Spanish because I was troubled by the many people I could not help because of my inability to…

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Pope Francis

He was a janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician and teacher of literature.  Now, Pope Francis is the Person of the Year.  The honor accorded by Time Magazine is given to the person with the greatest impact on our lives during this year.  Our Pope is truly a man of “firsts” – the first Pope to…

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True Generosity

Leticia’s face was awash with tears as she entered my office.  “Someone stole $20 from me on the bus!” she exclaimed in her native Spanish.  Twenty dollars, while menial for some, was a substantial amount of money for her.  Leticia had escaped from the bloody civil war in El Salvador to Washington, D.C.  A single…

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Dedication

Diana Nyad.  Her very name brings a warm feeling to those who hear it.  For more than three decades she dedicated herself to accomplishing the task of swimming the 110-mile stretch of dangerous waters between Cuba and Key West.  Despite her countless sacrifices and years of demanding training, four times she failed, plagued by bad…

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Memory

He looked at me as if he had never seen me before.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  From my first moments of life he was always at my side.  We even share the same name, a name that my father had been unable to say since Alzheimer’s disease had unleashed its hideous attack…

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The Bike

The opening of the garage provided an unexpected and welcomed surprise.  The ecstatic son exclaimed “Oh Dad, a bike!  How did you know I wanted one?  I think it is the most beautiful bike ever!  Thank you for getting it for me.” While the young father struggled to smile, in his heart he cried as…

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