Saturday Spirit

Saturday Spirit



We could open the final chapter of the Rev. Mr. Robert P. Mack’s quietly remarkable life on Earth with the Catholic perspective on death. “Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed, not ended.” It is certain that Deacon Mack was faithful to God, the Catholic Church, his wife of 68 years, Jean, their three children and four grandchildren. Or, […]

Saturday Spirit



The seasons are a time-honored analogy for the different stages of our life. Since snow and sleet are falling and the roads are an unwelcome adventure as this is being typed, winter is probably an appropriate focus. Snow was a fun thing when my brothers and I were kids. I’m not just talking about building snow forts or snowmen, or […]

Saturday Spirit



When you take a look at the night sky in a densely populated area, the brilliance of the stars and other celestial bodies is dimmed by what is termed “light pollution.” Street lights and other outdoor illumination in residential and developed areas make it much harder to appreciate the beauty of the sky than in the countryside, forests, deserts and […]

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Several years ago, I was among a group of about 60 people who made spent a peaceful, spiritual weekend at St. Francis Retreat House run by the Franciscan Friars near Easton. One of those friars has probably been there for most, if not all, of the 56 years the place has been open. He is as much part of the […]

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In the years before Vatican Council II, Sister Anna Marie Kalinauskas, 89, of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, was one of the nuns’ few direct connections with the outside world as an extern. Sister Anna, who died Jan. 5 in Danville, was an extern sister when she entered the Carmelite Monastery in Loretto 65 years ago. Area residents first got to […]

Saturday Spirit



With a lot of practice, training and talent, someone can make a very difficult skill look easy — at least until you try to do it yourself. This topic came up last week in karate class when we were discussing the time when someone who had been training in martial arts for a few years asked our sensei (teacher) Andy Moyer […]

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I don’t know about you, but it takes me longer to get used to a home without Christmas decorations than it does to get used to writing the correct year on checks. When somebody asks me if I am ready for Christmas, I always reply that I am. Then I point out that is because JoAnn does almost all the […]

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I am not as good at keeping lists as Santa Claus is. My parents undoubtedly helped Santa place countless presents under our Christmas tree for me, my brothers Phil and Dave and sister Mary Jo, but I cannot remember the many of mine. If someone asked me the best ones Mother and Dad helped Santa deliver, I doubt I could […]

Saturday Spirit



It was one of the “uh-oh” moments, but it turned into an “aha” moment. My wife JoAnn had made the mistake of leaving me in charge of final preparations for a dinner with our best friends while she visited her Mom. Fortunately, I had accomplished my primary task of setting the oven to keep the entrée and side dishes warm […]

Saturday’s Spirit



Jesus Christ’s words are as alive today as when they were first uttered nearly 2,000 years ago. However, they came to life in a different way this week at an Advent Penance Service at Holy Angels Church, Kulpmont. The pastor had just read a passage from the Gospel: “What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and […]


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