At home as a Catholic

Homes are the heart of human existence, shaped from the intertwining of lives over the passage of time.  Homes gratefully enfold the  extraordinary and the mundane, weave meaning into triumphs and  tragedies, shape purpose and establish identity.

Being “at home”  implies both the depth of comfort and the warmth of intimacy.  And of course, at times, being “at home” brings challenge,  demands growth and necessitates change.

All that is part of  a living Catholicism.  This is a small attempt to recall, capture, and share some of those experiences that define what it means to be at home as a Catholic, to celebrate the extraordinary and the mundane, to see what has happened and wonder at the facets of life that bring meaning to existence and purpose to daily choices.

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In the Pews

Black ice coated New England’s windy roads this morning, and the harbinger was not the  ice itself but layers of sand and salt that even the least diligent of drivers would notice.  But the church parking lot was full, and the congregants prepared for the ritual. They gathered quietly, stilled by the morning cold, and … Continue reading In the Pews


The word “blessings” implies something unwarranted, the unearned gift.  And it leaves dangling deeper questions about the source of such things, the experience of such moments and the possibilities this represents.  There are all kinds of blessings: some are defined by clarity of purpose, some by the miracles that defy common sense and even scientific … Continue reading Benediction

Ordinary Time

The Baptism of Jesus marks the first Sunday of Ordinary Time.  That is an amazing confluence of circumstance:  a Baptism, a new beginning; and the title, “ordinary” as if every day is the same.  And the truth of that lies in what Baptism is all about: to be loved, and to be accompanied throughout life … Continue reading Ordinary Time


There is a cetain irony about the celebration of the Epiphany this year.  At once, the story is a celebration of the intersection of science and faith and a gentle promise that there is something greater than self.  This year, it is celebrated under a sad mantle of scandals that accounts for empty pews and … Continue reading Epiphany

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