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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
This year’s Thanksgiving Day falls on the latest possible date: Nov. 28. We have to wait for it through almost the entire month of November, and that is good preparation for the more important … more
Innocence is one of the qualities most associated with Christmas. We take joy in the innocence of children young enough to watch, wide-eyed and believing, for Santa Claus and his sleigh. Standing … more
A commercial for a credit card company asks: “What’s in your wallet?” It’s a good thing no one asked me that question the other day. In my continuing effort to declutter and discard, I … more
One recent night, there was a light snowfall, and in the morning, the trees wore a graceful covering of white. The tall trunks were dark against the gray-white light of early day, but the … more
Does what we wear to church matter? I’ve been thinking about that ever since I recently read a couple of letters to the editor in Catholic New York that raised the issue. One letter focused on … more
Ursuline Sister Beth Dowd loves music. As a teacher many years ago, she brought it into her classroom at the former New Rochelle Catholic Elementary School; in 1977, she founded a choir there. But … more
I love to laugh, and it’s no wonder. I grew up in a family that had an unwritten rule: Don’t say anything straight if you can say it funny. My father was the ringleader when it came to humor, and … more
Earlier this month, the Church celebrated the feast of St. Maria Goretti, a young Italian girl whose story has particular significance for our time. She has rightly been described as a model for … more
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