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My Irish Dad

Every year as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, I feel as though I’m floating on a high tide of memories, a tide that swells higher whenever I hear Irish music or see shamrocks or an Irish flag. … more

Starting Fresh in Lent

In less than two weeks we will begin the season of Lent. I always approach it with trepidation and uncertainty. I ask myself how I should observe this season in which the Church calls us to look at … more

The Effects of ‘Choice’

A college student doing research for her senior thesis a few years ago ended up making a book, and also making a great contribution to the pro-life cause. Her work deserves notice, especially as we … more

A Winter’s Tale

My mother used to tell wonderful stories about her childhood. One story is about her grandmother and an incident that took place in the winter. I don’t know whether it happened at Christmastime, … more

Never Mind the Mess, Trim the Tree

I love Advent. I love anticipating and preparing for Christmas, spiritually and every other way. This year it brings a bonus: Advent will last four full weeks. That happens only once every five or … more

Cry for Help in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea and off the front pages of newspapers weeks ago, but millions of people still suffer from the devastation it caused. Some of the most harshly afflicted are in Haiti, … more

Life in the Balance

October is Respect Life Month, which makes it an especially appropriate time to learn about another threat to human life that has followed on the heels of abortion: physician-assisted suicide. The … more

A Beatle, Revisited

My niece Megan called recently and asked a question that sent a wave of memories crashing over me: “Would you be interested in seeing Paul McCartney?” I’d heard about the concert to take … more

Love You Too, Dandy Dan

Music radio lost one of its great disc jockeys, and I lost an on-air friend and a piece of my youth, when Dan Daniel died June 21. Dan was one of New York City’s legendary radio personalities. … more

What Do You See?

Recently I was in church for a weekday Mass when I had a bit of a shock. My eyeglasses were not in my purse. I had worn sunglasses when I drove to church, but now I wanted my regular glasses and they … more
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