Work

posted 4/22/20 For several years in my 20s I worked for the State of Connecticut. It was a great job, and its regular hours made it perfect for someone going to school at night.  I also learned a lot through my daily interactions with the public, which were often very challenging.  For the most part, I found my co-workers to be extremely dedicated and hard-workingContinue reading “Work”

Doc

posted 4/21/20 Growing up I had a friend named Darren whom everyone called “Doc.”  Everybody liked Doc.  He was very friendly and had a great sense of humor.  He was always telling funny stories, most of them made up, and would make fun of you in a way that you couldn’t help but laugh as you thanked him for the insult. Continue reading “Doc”

Divine Mercy

posted 4/18/20 How do we conceive of the mercy of God? It’s an important question because everything depends on His mercy.  There are two tendencies against which we have to be on guard because they distort the reality of His mercy.  We might think that He is stingy with His mercy, that He gets tired of hearing us confess the same thingsContinue reading “Divine Mercy”

Notre Dame

posted 4/16/20 Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the terrible fire that threatened to completely destroy the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.  Before the fire, Notre Dame was one of the most-visited places in the world.  Jason Baxter, a professor at Wyoming Catholic College, noted in a recent article in America magazine that Notre Dame had 12 million visitors each year, moreContinue reading “Notre Dame”

Art & the Incarnation

posted 4/14/20 I read an interview yesterday that Catholic News Agency did with the artist Osamu Giovanni Micico.  Osamu was born in Tokyo in 1982 and from a young age had always been interested in art and drawing. In order to please his parents he originally planned on pursuing a career in the sciences, but while in university an artist encouraged him to pursue his passion, which was painting.  OsamuContinue reading “Art & the Incarnation”

Life in Eastertide 2020

posted 4/13/20 So here we are.  We have made it through the 40 day journey of Lent, we have celebrated the sacred liturgies of the Triduum, and now we find ourselves in Easter.  I must admit to you that I find it harder to accept the current quarantine/social distancing situation during Easter than I did during Lent.  In a way, the sacrifices that the precautionary measures have required ofContinue reading “Life in Eastertide 2020”