Monthly Archives: September 2011

TODAY IS the Birthday of America’s Best-selling Poet

[After reading the above headline, certain names may come to mind: Emily Dickensen, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg. All great poets and good guesses, but wrong answers. The very surprising answer (to the overwhelming majority of Americans) is a 13th century … Continue reading

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The Experience of Prayer

A young student at a Zen monastery comes to his master and throws himself at his feet, sobbing. The teacher lifts him up gently, and asks him, “What is troubling you, my son?” “O master,” the student falters, “I am … Continue reading

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Prayer for the Grace to Age Well

Prayer for the Grace to Age Well When the signs of age begin to make my body (and still more when they touch my mind); when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off strikes from without … Continue reading

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Heart of Jesus, Help Me by Anna Mitchell

I’m not sure exactly when it is that each of us actually becomes an “adult” – not by age, but by maturity. I think one possibility is when you are deemed “old enough” by parents or other adults to be … Continue reading

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WISDOM from an American Poet

Desiderata (a Latin word meaning “things to be desired”) Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak … Continue reading

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A Good Joke About An Imperfect Priesf

A  drunk man who smelled like beer sat down on a subway next to a priest. The man’s tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn … Continue reading

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Talk is Cheap – written by Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D.

A Homily on the Parable of the Two Sons There will never be a shortage of words.  Words are plentiful because talk is cheap.  It’s easy to make a promise.  Keeping a promise is an entirely different matter, as this … Continue reading

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Noah’s Ark

01. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark. 02. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something REALLY big. 03. Don’t listen to critics — do what has to be done. … Continue reading

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TODAY IS the Feast of St. Padre Pio

Stay With Me, Lord Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You. Stay with me Lord, because I am weak, and I … Continue reading

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An Afternoon in the Park

There once was a little boy who wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of root beer and he started his journey. … Continue reading

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