Dear Susan, Leave it to Pope Francis to upstage us. After months of planning to make this past year all about us and our Golden Jubilee celebration, the Pope did a mic drop, declaring the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy right in the middle of our special time. I find it no accident that having… Continue reading A Tale of Two Jubilees: Mercy or Me?
Dear Anne, Sometimes I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut. As an only child, I’m perfectly happy to be alone and often idle chit-chat is irritating to me, but I’ve been know to open my big mouth when I shouldn’t. Lets just say that “instruct the ignorant” is my favorite spiritual work of… Continue reading The Sound of Silence
Dear Anne, “They have no more wine.” I was glad to read that Pope Francis finds Mary’s words at the wedding in Cana as distressing as I do–no wine on a Friday night is trauma enough for me, much less at a wedding. “But imagine finishing a wedding party drinking tea — it would… Continue reading A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White . . . Or the Wedding Bell Blues?
Dear Anne, What could possibly be better than being Catholic? Why, being an American Catholic, of course! In the spirit of Independence Day, I offer you some, ahem, “important” moments in Catholic American history. 1649: The Maryland Toleration Act is passed. Contrary to popular belief, this act mandated religious freedom for Catholics in the colony, not… Continue reading And With Your Spirit–of ’76