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Ode to Love

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Many of us are thinking of our Valentine’s these days — our lovers,  intendeds, spouses, classmates, mothers, etc.,etc. So, what is love? I have officiated at the marriages of many young couples  over the 39 years of my priesthood who have chosen  St. Paul’s Ode to Love for their wedding Mass. […]

What is Love?

Dear Sisters and Brothers, I had a delightful conversation with these two good people from Tennessee last summer while I was living in St. Augustine.   Or was it Kentucky?  (I have difficulty rembering which is which.).  They were sitting on the curb behind the Village Inn.  The conversation began with a polite reprimand to […]

I’ve been silent but I’m Here

Dear Sisters and Brothers, I’ve been offline for awhile.  Still trying to fold blog-writing into an incredbly busy life for a retired person.  I have a small, quite needy little flock and they have needed my atention this past week. And I am taking deep into my soul the events of last week — Dr. […]

The Legacy of a martyr

Dear Sisters and Brothers, The other day I posted a portrait of my own of a man I admire — Joshua, a homeless man.   Today I honor a mentor of mine who would have been the eighty years old today. He was 39 when he was martyred on April 4, 1968 — another young man […]

Transforming America: Pick up some trash!

America the Beautiful.     the grand canyon / march 2008 / (c) bob traupman 2008.  all rights reserved. Dear Sisters and Brothers, This post would have some ugly pictures on it if I displayed what I am talking about. There is something very simple each and every one of us  can do to transform our country:  […]

Transforming America – one smile at a time

Dear Sisters and Brothers, The other day I commented that our country was won because our founding fathers pledged “their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” to bring it about. I remember John Kennedy’s inaugural address nearly fifty years ago in which he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but […]

Reconciliation: Finding common ground to stand on

image (c) bob traupman 2009. all rights reserved. I hate “either / or” alternatives, Lord. Ultimatums, accusations, mud-slinging — all that. I think You are always “both / and . . . .” I think you are always calling us to live in the middle, in the center, or at least to realize that the […]

Re-birthing America

On  July 4, 1776, these men, and their families supporting them published the sacred document, the Declaration of Independence, that created this country.  At its conclusion, they said: FOR THE SUPPORT OF THIS DECLARATION WITH A FIRM RELIANCE ON THE PROTECTION OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE WE MUTUALLY PLEDGE OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES AND OUR SACRED HONOR. […]

We hold these truths. . .

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This is an actual image of one of the four panels of the words of Thomas Jefferson emblazoned upon the walls of of perhaps America’s most sacred shrine, the Jefferson Memorial. The image was taken last October (2007) on my first pilgrimage to pray for our country’s transformation. I continue, as […]

One Nation / under GOD

Brothers and Sisters, I lived in Washington in 1979 – 80 and I had the summer to myself. I was working in a parish in Silver Spring. I would go down to the the Jefferson Memorial and grok on the words of the Declaration of Independence, the words that created our beloved country. I prayed […]