Saturday Spirit

Saturday Spirit



Driving to an unfamiliar place with four kids in the car, it was no wonder Dad would sometimes get lost even with Mother serving as navigator. However, he did have a good way of looking at it. “Just think. If we hadn’t gotten lost, we wouldn’t have seen this.” One memorable time, though, Dad got lost in Scranton. He eventually […]

Saturday Spirit



Computers can do spell checks and grammar checks, but they cannot figure out what I “meant” to put in my column. I was reminded painfully of that fact as a result of last week’s Easter column that dealt with the sacrifices we make out of love. The main point was what we can do as the merest token of our […]

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There is nothing a person will not sacrifice for someone whom they love. In fact, the greatest love can make the biggest sacrifice seem small. As my brothers, sister and I became adults, we began to realize just how much our mother and dad sacrificed for us. They went without so we wouldn’t have to. For example, my parents would […]

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The last time I attended a funeral for a member of the Felician Sisters was 50 years ago. Sister Mary Daniel, my dad’s aunt, had died after more than 60 years in the congregation. At 13, the only thing I remember about the service is that her body was in a plain pine casket that was carried to the congregation’s nearby […]

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When Sister René Procopio walked into her mother’s room at the nursing home on a surprise visit, her mom’s eyes brightened with maternal joy as she exclaimed her name Kathleen in Italian, “Katarina!” Providentially, joy was the reason 60 years ago when 13-year-old Kathleen received the reluctant approval of her parents Samuel and Mary Procopio to leave Mount Carmel after […]

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“Thank God.” That was the answer I got instead of the usual “Thank you” when I complimented a priest on his homily. It instantly struck me as the perfect response. It was great example of how to humbly pass on praise to the One to whom it is ultimately due. It was also a reminder on the better way to […]

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The World Wide Web and the internet are capable of providing us with countless resources to help us explore and deepen our faith. They also can produce stories that make you wonder what is happening to society. The first came in the aftermath of the death at age 99 of the Rev. Billy Graham. Few could argue that Rev. Graham, […]

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I’m not really a fan of making decisions. I’ll deal with them when I have to, but I don’t go looking for unnecessary ones. When we were building our home, I went into decision overload. Luckily, JoAnn has very good taste, so my role was usually limited to agreeing to her wise choices. In recent years, I have noticed a […]


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