Category Archives: Other Places

On A Caribbean Island

Two nations, one island. Fascinating history, but far from a beautiful one–in contrast to the lovely surroundings. Miami Herald commentary on the elevation of Chibly Langlois, a simple bishop–no arch–to the red hat. Comparing Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Langlois, … Continue reading

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Winter Weather

For those of you in the central and northeastern part of North America, I wish and pray for safety and warmth in the days to come. I was reading that the state of Minnesota has cancelled school on Monday. Some … Continue reading

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On the Road for a Holy Day Mass

We’ve been in Kansas City the past few days visiting with friends. The young miss, my wife and I had a spot of shopping to do for the party tonight, then we visited a parish nearby for Mass. A good … Continue reading

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Tabernacle From Japan

My friend Bill sent me an image of the Eucharistic Tabernacle from a Franciscan chapel in Tokyo. I wasn’t enamored of the choice to place it behind the presider’s chair. Otherwise, I found the design elegant in every way: the … Continue reading

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More Haiyan Aftermath

NPR’s Morning Edition had a feature on survival and coping in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The images from the inside of churches–images with roofs torn off–are unsettling. Terasita Mazeda, churchgoer: We just go to church and … Continue reading

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Friday Road Trip

Another college visit tomorrow. To a large public university to the south of us. 10AM start for the program, which means getting a pre-5AM start for a five-hour drive. The young miss seemed to have focused her college search to … Continue reading

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Another College Day Trip

Another college visit completed. Pella, Iowa is just a quick eighty-minute drive from our home. So we took advantage of a lazy Saturday to shoot down there to look at Central College. They do good work with study abroad options. … Continue reading

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How Do Arctic Muslims Survive Ramadan?

Good question. In a similar way, it seems, as Muslim astronauts do. Swedish Muslims north of the Arctic circle have a challenge–options, really, in addressing the observance of their holy month. Can they adopt the “time” of Mecca or Medina? … Continue reading

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Worthy Woman At Creighton

I didn’t mention the family’s day trip to Omaha last week. I had intended to blog about it. There were a few humorous bits to share. My spiritual director and I have been discussing a possible continuing shift in ministry. … Continue reading

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Archbishop Chaput On The Job

David Gibson at RNS gave a teaser for an Archbishop Chaput piece in Catholic Philly here. The RNS comment: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput is also known as a straight-talking fellow, and God bless him for telling it like is. And … Continue reading

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Getting Into My Gig, Part 2

Last week I described my exit from the world of full-time secular work. My experience of the Paschal Triduum twenty years ago this month at St Charles Borromeo Parish in Bloomington, Indiana was certainly an eye-opener. I had the immediate … Continue reading

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Getting Into My Gig, Part 1

I’ve enjoyed Rory Cooney’s entry into the blogosphere, Gentle Reign. I especially like the stories behind his songs and recordings. This week, his post on his thirty-year anniversary as a parish music director plucked a few of my historical strings. … Continue reading

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No More Russian Children to the US

This is not new information, that tomorrow a Russian law goes into effect that makes illegal the American adoption of Russian children. UCA News covers it here, with this statement about the state of those children’s souls: Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, … Continue reading

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Antarctic Monasticism

Feeling a bit better today. But with howling winds pushing the falling and fallen snow, I don’t think I’ll be venturing out until much later today. They already closed the church office. Did I mention this was tabbed the worst … Continue reading

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Sandy From Space

A day’s worth of Atlantic coast meteorological menace in a thirty second video on Universe Today. Considering the 850-mile stretch of this storm, one can imagine the power. The cloud stretch over the inland, that must be the storm system riding … Continue reading

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