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Learning to trust in providence

For the past year, we Little Sisters of the Poor have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of our congregation’s arrival in the United States.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

My interview with Mr. Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers was a good friend for many years. He entertained and educated children for more than a generation, and died on Feb. 27, 2003. More ...
Monday, August 19, 2019
Intelligence versus wisdom
There’s a huge difference between being bright and being wise, between brilliance and wisdom.  More ...
Friday, August 16, 2019
Friendship: The heart of life
"Mom, how is it going?" More ...
Friday, August 16, 2019
Together at the potluck
When I was growing up in a small Midwestern farm community, I was vaguely aware of rich folks. More ...
Monday, August 12, 2019
What's in a number?
This month, I will celebrate a milestone birthday. I've done the math and know what the numbers say, but I have to beg to differ: I do not feel like my age, not by a mile. More ...
Friday, August 9, 2019
Sharpen your pencils for the school of love
Did you know the family is a school of love? More ...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
What it means to have a divine understanding
A number of years ago at a symposium on faith and evangelization, one of the speakers made a rather startling statement. More ...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Searching for silver linings: grace after the storm

Business was good. So good, in fact, that the family company had become one of the largest breweries in New England, producing 300,000 barrels a year and supporting two generations of Geisels in Springfield, Mass. 

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Monday, August 5, 2019
Reflecting on the heart of Mary
We dedicate the month of August to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as a reminder that we should venerate Mary’s heart for its purity and devotion to Christ. More ...
Monday, August 5, 2019
The blessing of reality checks
Just when we think discipleship is glorious, along comes one of Christ's zingers aimed at bringing his apostles down to earth. More ...
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Marriage: When expectations yield to love
This summer marks the special occasions of David's and my 40th anniversary and the marriage of our older son Ryan to Sarah, our new daughter. More ...
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Our grandiosity and our wounds
We wake up into life with the incurable sense that we’re special, that we’re the center of the universe.  More ...
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Accepting the gift
This past April 27, Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church in Berlin hosted a daylong conference for parents of children with special needs. More ...
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
What does it mean 'to be born again?'
What does it mean to “be born again, to “be born from above?” More ...
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
A time when America was greater than it is now
"There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens" (Eccl 3) and, for me, a child during the Great Depression, this a time to reminisce. More ...
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
It's lovely to be human
Life can be difficult at times, but all things considered, it’s lovely to be human. Thanks be to God, we were all given such an incredible gift at birth: the gift of life. Dare I say that in many ways we’ve made great progress since then. More ...
Monday, July 22, 2019
The power of hope
In June, I had the privilege of listening to lawyer and racial justice advocate Bryan Stevenson at my commencement. More ...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Father Augustus Tolton: A sign for today
I recently participated in a conference that explored the church's sexual abuse crisis and the effect the crisis has had on the church's witness in the public square.  More ...
Friday, July 19, 2019

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