Archive | January 2017

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A Vessel of Love filled with fire

January 25th, 2017 ~ The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle Paul was an amazing man. He was small of stature; he refused to depend on charity–thus, he worked as a tentmaker wherever he went.  After he was severely beaten, he was in constant pain, but went on and on and on, […]

Roe v Wade 44 years later

I’d like to follow up yesterday’s blog on a Nine Days of Prayer for Life with two stories I found today on the online Catholic news site Crux. The first one has some very good news . . . . According to a new Marist College/Knights of Columbus poll, a strong majority of Americans and […]

Nine days of Prayer for Life

  Nine Days of Prayer for Life I always publish this blog near the time of the anniversary of  Roe v. Wade. And I always have this to say . . .  . Let us stand down, stop the condemning and judging and seek light and understanding, forgiveness and wholeness, kindness and compassion for the young […]

Will America be great again?

Tomorrow, we will inaugurate the 45th President of the United States of America—Donald J. Trump.  Some folks are rejoicing in his victory, while others are quite concerned about how he will govern or even quite nervous about his qualifications. I’ve musing about what his inaugural address might be like.  Will he make an effort to […]

One Nation – Under God

This week began with a Memorial tribute to the martyred Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and will conclude with the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States ~ Donald J. Trump. Nine years ago, the June 2007 edition of my Arise Reflection / Letter was entitled, WHAT HAS BECOME OF OUR BELOVED COUNTRY? […]

The Legacy of a martyr

Dear Sisters and Brothers, On this coming, Monday, January, 16, 2017, we will honor a great American ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was 39 when he was martyred on April 4, 1968. On that fateful day, Dr. King was gunned down by an assassin’s bullet while he was leading a strike for sanitation […]

The Feast of the Epiphany ~ Follow your Star!

The Feast of the Epiphany ~ Sunday, January 8th, 2017 Today’s feast day has several meanings.  In the Roman Church we celebrate the story of the Magi visiting Jesus and offering him gifts.  In the Eastern churches, they focus on the story of the Baptism of the Lord.  Both celebrate the manifestation, the revelation of […]