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Breathing new life into the familiar – the beautiful John 3:16

Breathing new life into the familiar – the beautiful John 3:16

Today’s Gospel is profound and beautiful but we may miss the meaning because we have heard it so many times in the past. That old adage, “Familiarity breeds contempt” certainly plays out here. You may have even let your mind drift as I read it to you, just as my mind drifted when I read […]

Living with deliberate intent: lessons from a loss and a blessing

Living with deliberate intent: lessons from a loss and a blessing

Yesterday reminded me of how suddenly life can end. Rich and I attended the funeral of his cousin Donna who was killed suddenly in a car crash. Gone, just like that. She had just returned to Minnesota from Connecticut, having spent the weekend with her parents. Her mother was brought home from rehab after several weeks away; Donna […]

May 18 Gospel reflection: Stepping outside of our pain

May 18 Gospel reflection: Stepping outside of our pain

  Today I have the honor of conducting my first communion service with the lovely residents of The Highlands in Westboro, MA. I used to be afraid to be with the elderly. Perhaps it reminded me too much of my own mortality which I was not ready to think about. Since my mother died 4 years […]

Join our new book club discussion beginning Sunday, May 18 on a New York Times bestseller

Join our new book club discussion beginning Sunday, May 18 on a New York Times bestseller

Have you been reading this book and saying to yourself, “This is such a great book and I’m dying to talk about it with someone!” ? Well, we may have just the thing for you! Catholicmom.com is forming a virtual book club to discuss, chapter by chapter. Fr. James Martin, SJ’s bestselling new book, Jesus: […]

My unexpected miracle healing (part two): openness to God’s way

My unexpected miracle healing (part two): openness to God’s way

Did you know that blessings multiply? If you are familiar with the story of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes then you know that when Jesus blessed the five loaves and two fishes, they multiplied enough to feed five thousand people. Beginning with St. Blaise This is how I would characterize my miracle healing. […]

Christós Anésti! Christ is Risen! Happy Easter

Christós Anésti! Christ is Risen! Happy Easter

To all of you, a blessed and happy Easter. Here are some scenes from last night’s Easter Vigil at St. Luke the Evangelist in Westboro, MA, my home parish. Click to Tweet & Share: Christós Anésti! Christ is Risen! Happy Easter http://wp.me/p2D9hg-Dq Would you like to learn along with Susan how to live your life […]

A simple prayer reflection for Good Friday

A simple prayer reflection for Good Friday

This is from my latest column on Catholicmom.com. It is taken from the Mary, Queen of Peace Meditation Guide & Sung Rosary booklet. Much has been said by wiser minds on all that took place on Good Friday. As I cannot add anything to enhance these insights, I thought instead to offer you a simple […]

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