about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: My Family
In thirty years of playing at weddings I had a first tonight. Sixty-some minutes before the wedding, it surfaced that groom and bride had no wedding license. They thought the church provided that. No, we do not. Our city is … Continue reading
The young miss wasn’t interested in the finer liturgical point I was attempting. She had been told (by someone who shall remain nameless) that a Saturday wedding counts for the Sunday obligation. (They did have the Gloria, per MR3.) When … Continue reading
The young miss had some stomach upset yesterday. This has been a long and demanding school year for her. From the low of losing one of her pets Monday to birthday Tuesday, it wasn’t a total surprise that on top … Continue reading
The young miss wanted to open birthday cards and presents at 6:15AM. I pulled this up from YouTube. And I was thinking back to this dance episode from many, many years ago: I didn’t ask her why she was wearing … Continue reading
Since my big-loss diet of almost two years ago, I’ve enjoyed being lighter. But I’ve also struggled with the aftermath: putting some pounds back on and taking them off again, confronting my pattern to eat to soothe myself, watching when … Continue reading
Oklahoma got the brunt of funnel clouds I see. While we were watching The King’s Speech tonight, the sirens went off in town. Heavy winds and rain, but nothing to pluck us off to Oz. Unbeknownst to my wife and … Continue reading
It’s one of the sad duties of a parent to dig a grave for a pet. After she got home from school this afternoon, the young miss found Pip dead in his home. He chirped for his breakfast this morning, … Continue reading
Earlier this week, I was thinking Friday would be a good day to tune up the mower, set out the deck furniture, and maybe even fire up the grill. A few days ago I set out our extra litter boxes … Continue reading
Sorry for the two consecutive posts on the young miss, but here goes … About a half-hour after she went to bed tonight, she emerged from her room, pointing to Genesis 4:18 in the Bible she received yesterday after Confirmation, … Continue reading
The young miss, after Confirmation yesterday, chocolate in hand. It was a happy accident that she picked a green dress, gave a green scarf to her sponsor who was wearing a dress with green. Confirmation name: Hildegard. Viriditas!
I’m not a fan of the practice of taking a confirmation name. I have “Andrew,” the first apostle and my boyhood parish’s patron. But I didn’t know better in ’72. The young miss settled on Hildegard. I approve of that. … Continue reading
Hitting the road in a few hours. The young miss gets a cardiology check-up in Kansas City twice a year, and tomorrow morning is the first of these in 2013. That these fall during the school year is a slight … Continue reading
The post title is how the doctors in Florida described my sister-in-law. I want to thank all those who prayed for her and for my wife and our family. It looked very bleak on Good Friday: taking her off the … Continue reading
Last night, I almost exhausted myself shovelling a walking path to the street. Ames got ten inches yesterday, but the drift in front of the house was well over a foot. I expected the schools to be open. I wanted … Continue reading