Archive for November 2012

The Elephants in the Room During the Holidays

“There were so many elephants in the room, it was crowded!,” my friend said as we chatted about our Thanksgiving day dinners. Family gatherings can be like that even with everyone trying to be on their best behavior.  The Norman Rockwell picture is often a facade, barely hiding the dysfunction that goes on behind the... Read more »

Do You Pray for the Dead?

Do you pray for the dead?  Do you pray for the souls in purgatory?  November is the month we set aside for the prayers for the dead, but it’s a subject that periodically comes up and it seems to be a lost practice among some Catholics. I pray for the repose of my mother’s soul... Read more »

Is There a War on Christmas?

I’m sure there would be a lot of people who would debate that there is a war on Christmas (and anything to do with Christianity), but when you have a group assemble an “alternate nativity scene,” and an artist depicting our President as the crucified Christ, well it does kind of make one wonder. Long... Read more »

Scientism and God's Existence: A Commentary by Fr. Barron

Sometimes it’s best to just listen to Fr. Barron talk.

The Conversion of Bruno Cornacchio

I just love a good conversion story, don’t you?

The Solemnity of Christ the King

There’s a lot of talk in today’s readings on the Solemnity of Christ the King about a ruler, a kingdom and royalty.  These are words we usually associate with England and other countries that still have a monarchy. In Catholicism, we mean the kingdom of heaven, not here on earth and that’s where the line gets... Read more »

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863

I know that Thanksgiving is over, but after reading Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, I really felt that there’s a need to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving going.  I found this copy in the Magnificat: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.  To these... Read more »

Are You Shopping Today on Black Friday?

                            If you’re reading this, you’re probably not out shopping this morning to snag that 50 inch TV for $249.  Me either. Or maybe you’ve already returned home with your prized possession and you’re gloating over a big plate of leftovers. I... Read more »

What I Am Thankful for this Thanksgiving

The Catholic Church My husband (who lead me to the Catholic Church) My children (who unknowingly keep me in the Catholic Church) My friends (who support me in my faith) St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church Fr. Francis Li, Pastor of St. Therese Singing every Saturday at the 5 PM Mass at St. Therese Jimmy Greenfield... Read more »

The Presentation of Mary

When I was pregnant with our daughter, we were going through a lot of stress as a family.  My husband’s mother was quite ill and our parish life was falling apart. This was our third child, and though I was healthy, I was still worried about our daughter.  In my desperation, whenever I went to... Read more »