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Cicero, the famous Roman senator and orator once wrote, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”  The virtue of gratitude is the ability to express our thankful appreciation in word or deed, to […]

Thomas  Edison was a prolific inventor.  He invented over 1,000 things, but he is best known for inventing the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, the microphone, the storage battery and talking movies. It was December 1914, and he had already […]

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am going to play a few songs for you.  I hope that you like my music.” These were the words the poor Mexican guitar player spoke as he suddenly jumped aboard an old bus as it […]

I thoroughly enjoyed Steven Spielberg’s version of “War of the Worlds.”  The special effects that Spielberg uses to show the aliens coming out of the ground are really cool. Heresies (yes, I did use that word) are like the aliens […]

Email, Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, text messages…we do live in a different world. I will not deny the good that new technologies can do for all of us. I do a lot of work with the Internet and my Internet […]

A number of years ago I was invited to give a retreat to a group of lay people in New York City.  A seminarian graciously accompanied me in order to help with the practical details.  Prior to the evening retreat, […]

Recently I began to reflect on the first time I was on a plane.  It was 1980 and I had just finished my first two years of seminary training for the Catholic priesthood and now I was being sent to […]

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