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Pastors Desk 7-31-16

At the turn of the century, actress Alla Nazimova was one of this country's earliest stars. Unlike many of her colleagues, Nazimova did not become trapped by a glamorous lifestyle. How did she escape? Her perspective on material things changed the day a fire swept...

Vatican Corner 7-24-16

VATICAN CORNER Pope Francis routinely praises the virtues of dialogue and building bridges, and he did just that by welcoming to the Vatican a figure from his native Argentina who has been not only one of his most vocal critics, but who once actually occupied his...

Pastors Desk 7-24-16

The Moghul Emperor, Akbar, was one day out hunting in the forest. When it was time for evening prayer he dismounted, spread his mat on the earth and knelt to pray. Now it was precisely at this time that a peasant woman, perturbed by the disappearance of her husband...

Vatican Corner 7-17-16

VATICAN CORNER In a June 28, 2016 interview with a journalist from La Nación, an Argentinian newspaper, Pope Francis said he won’t be slowed down by resistance from those in the Church who “say no to everything.” He rejects “conflict with them,” saying “they do their...

Pastors Desk 7-17-16

“Theologian William Stringfellow tells the story of a friend who graduated at the same time as he did from Harvard Law School. This friend accepted a position with a well-known Wall Street firm. The classmate married the summer before he began at the firm. When he...

Vatican Corner 7-10-16

VATICAN CORNER Why is there a four thousand year old Egyptian obelisk in the center of St. Peter’s Square? An obelisk is a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument made from a single stone with a pyramid-like shape at the top. There are 28 obelisks still standing...

Pastors Desk 7-10-16

Dr. William Magee Jr. was a plastic surgeon who lived in Norfolk, Va. In 1981, Dr. Magee traveled to the Philippines to operate on children with cleft lips and other facial deformities. Unfortunately, there were so many children with this deformity, a deformity that...

Vatican Corner 7-3-16

VATICAN CORNER … continued Mrs. Audrey Toguchi’s recovery from cancer was found by the Vatican’s medical investigation to be quick, complete, lasting and inexplicable. Miracle tribunals are perhaps the only form of investigation whose goal is to end with no...

Pastors Desk 7-3-16

The story of St. Philip Neri, who earned the title “Apostle of Rome” in the 16th century, is an example of the missionary zeal demanded by today’s Gospel. Philip came down to Rome in the early 1500s as an immigrant from Florence and a layman. When he arrived, he was...

Vatican Corner 6-26-16

VATICAN CORNER …continued Mrs. Audrey Toguchi, afflicted with cancer, began praying for a miracle from the late Father Damien, the “the self-exiled priest” who tended to his flock of lepers on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Audrey spoke to her longtime friend and...

Pastors Desk 6-26-16

In spite of her successful career, a Catholic executive felt emptiness in her life. One morning, during a breakfast meeting with her marketing consultant, she mentioned that emptiness. “Do you want to fill it?” her colleague asked. “Of course I do,” She said. He...

Vatican Corner 6-19-16

VATICAN CORNER According to Catholic doctrine, God is the ultimate source of all miracles, but in heaven, someone who lived a heroically virtuous life and is a prospective saint may be able to intercede (plead) with God and have miracles delivered. Two miracles are...

Pastors Desk 6-19-16

In 1896, after fifteen centuries, Athens renewed the Olympic Games, thus fulfilling the dream of Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France. You can imagine how proud the Greeks were to host the first modern Olympics. You can also imagine how disappointed they were at their...

Vatican Corner 6-12-16

VATICAN CORNER Since 2013, Pope Francis has preferred to spend his summers in the same Vatican hotel where he lives the rest of the year and not to vacation at the traditional papal retreat that has been used for centuries - Castel Gandolfo, a lakeside palace and town...

Pastors Desk 6-12-16

A young man secretly misappropriated several hundred dollars from the business where he was employed. When the shortage was discovered the senior partner called the young man into his office. Immediately he knew he would be fired and sent into prison. His employer...

Vatican Corner 6-5-16

VATICAN CORNER The late Pope John Paul II in March 2000 celebrated the new millennium by visiting 15 Holy Land sites. One site: Wadi al Kharrar, or Valley of the Trickling Water, in Jordan on the East side of the Jordan River, was said to be the place where John the...

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