slide

Gospel Passage Suggests Perspective On Your Toughest Days: It’s What You’re Here For

A particular passage from John 12 caught my ear this morning during Mass. Jesus looking toward the eventual horror of his own crucifixion says: “I am troubled. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour….

slide

Oft Misunderstood Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary today (and a Holy Day of Obligation). This is one that many folks misunderstand and think relates to Jesus’ conception, but in fact commemorates the Catholic belief that Mary herself was immune to original sin, even from the moment of…

slide
slide

Beautiful old stones

Point of Graves cemetery in Portsmouth est. in the 1600s.

slide
slide
slide

Ash Wednesday

My friend Jeff on Facebook shared a link to the wonderful TS Eliot poem in response to this status update: Ash Wednesday He quoted: because I do not hope to turn again because I do not hope because I do not hope to turn again desiring this man’s gift and…

slide

Here in Hyannis, the night before the race

Kris, Isobel and I are here in Hyannis the night before the marathon.  (The older kids are at their MMs for the night.)  We got into town early in the afternoon and hit the race expo, where I got to meet (briefly) Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter and grab their…

slide

I’ll bet you’ve seen some things…

Friend on Facebook left a comment on a status update I’d posted as I was getting ready for an early morning long run suggesting “you witness a world most people don’t ever see on your early morning sojourns.” I don’t know what other people see, but I responded with a…

slide

Pope calls new communication tech like social networks a “gift to humanity,” markets brand on YouTube.com

There were a couple of Catholic-related stories on the tech news pages today (which I was, ironically, reading on my phone while eating lunch), both related to Pope Benedict’s embrace (with important caveats) of new communications and social media tools in his message anticipating the upcoming World Day of Communications.  …