Deo gratias

May 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm (Uncategorized)

This morning the Archdiocese ordained six new priests. I pray that they be good and holy men.


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Golly, I like President Obama…

May 19, 2009 at 2:52 am (Uncategorized)

Text and video of the infamous-before-even-being-given-speech at Notre Dame

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May 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm (Uncategorized)

Back when I worked at the court, there was a judge famous for his, um, grumpiness. Yes, let’s say “grumpiness.” Imagine my surprise when I learned that he attended mass daily before arriving at the courthouse. When I expressed my shock, I mean, surprise, my source just laughed and said, “Well, imagine what he’d be like if he DIDN’T go to mass every day.”
Throughout my life there have been people who have been shocked how crucial it is to me to keep my weekly obligation to attend mass. Either it didn’t fit their image of me, or they couldn’t see what the big deal was…who knows? But attending mass at least once a week is vitally important to me, and has been for as long as I can remember. Even when I was in college and, um, distracted – yes, let’s say “distracted” – that weekly hour in church gave me some space and some time and some breathing room from the rest of my life.
And now? Geez, I’d be rotten if I didn’t go to mass. Seriously. It’s as if the good part of me is a battery that slowly dies out during the week, but that hour at mass charges my battery up again. Thank God! Otherwise imagine me!

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A new take on an old idea…

May 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm (Uncategorized)

In the past year or so, at least three local businesses that we loved and patronized frequently closed: a kids’ shoe store, a kids’ clothing boutique and worst of all, a bookstore. So when I heard about The 3/50 Project, it really hit home. The idea is pretty simple, and pretty good, I think.

Am I saying that shopping online or national chains is ungodly? Nope, at least I certainly hope not, because otherwise I am in deep trouble with my Zappos addiction. Nevertheless, I think it’s an interesting idea, and a new slant on “love your neighbor.” What do you think?

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Signed, sealed…delivered?

May 13, 2009 at 12:56 am (Uncategorized)

Tattoos for Christ – not kidding! Check it out: The Needle for the Nail


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Now he’s done it…

May 12, 2009 at 4:17 am (Uncategorized)

Retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland has a book coming out next month, A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop, but evidently that’s not all that’s coming out!!!

Former Catholic head of Milwaukee admits he’s gay

(And yes, ladies and gents, that’s the actual title of the article. The drama! I can just hear the ominous “duh, duh, DUH…” music…)

Oh dear, certain Milwaukee talk radio types mentioned here previously are going to be all over this. My opinion? Good for him. He’s been a trailblazer throughout his episcopal (small “e”) career, and he’s obviously going to continue. Let’s talk about how many priests are gay, and in a church that has a ridiculous stance on homosexuality. Maybe this will help? I dunno, but I can’t wait to read the book…

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Now we are four…

May 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm (Uncategorized)




On the eve of his fourth birthday, Henry’s big sister Riley decided we should all sing this song:

Thank you God for giving us Henry
Thank you God for giving us Henry
Thank you God for giving us Henry
Right where we are…

Everybody praise the Lord
Everybody praise the Lord
Everybody praise the Lord
Right where we are…


I concur!  Happy, happy birthday, lovey-boy.

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Kind of blue…

May 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m melancholy today…I think it’s a combination of things: the weather, for one. I’m thinking of requesting that the name of the season be changed, at least here in southeastern Wisconsin. “Crawl.” Whaddya think? There’s just nothing “springing” outside. In fact, my heat would be going on if I weren’t so stubborn that I’d already turned it off for the season. It’s days like today when I really, really miss living in DC. Sigh.

In addition, I found out yesterday that an old friend died suddenly this past week. A young-ish guy too, in his 40s I suppose. A really talented guy, who did a lot to make the world more beautiful. And I’m just flat-out sad about it.

There are some other things I’m feeling anxious about too…nothing major, just little everyday worries. I’ve always been a worrier, and I’m afraid that at least my two oldest children have acquired that gene as well. When the presider says “protect us from all anxiety” during the liturgy, my prayers are always particularly heartfelt. And then I wonder why I don’t trust God more…what about the sparrow? I’m just supposed to have a little more faith. I mean, spring WILL come eventually…it might be June, but it will get here.

Rest in peace, Bill. This is for you:

In paradisum

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When the going gets tough…

May 4, 2009 at 3:39 pm (Uncategorized)

A dear, dear friend sent me this quote, and I love it. I hope you do too:

“Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there, the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.”

Fra Giovanni Giocondo

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Did she or didn’t she?

May 4, 2009 at 4:50 am (Uncategorized)

I know that you must be on the EDGE of your seats…did she or didn’t she partake of the Cup at mass this morning, what with all of this swine flu fever (ooooh, that’d be a good song – try it to the tune of”Pinball Wizard”!!!!) going around…
Can you believe that this stuff makes the front page of the newspaper????
She did. But she, or rather, I, (why am I referring to myself in the third person anyway?) was the first in line, so it was a non-decision. Actually, it was really pretty interesting. Our pastor came out and spoke about the topic before mass started…evidently he worked on the issue of the communal cup and contagion back in the 1970s. According to an NIH study, the risk was minimal. He did however ask that people refrain from receiving communion on the tongue. It was well done…very pastoral of him.

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