Gratitude During the Isolation

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com I’m in quarantine! Nothing at all related to Covid-19. I underwent foot surgery this past week for repair of a peroneal tendon which, medical literature says, usually develops for people who are extremely active athletes. Or, as my doctor says, who are undergoing physical degeneration, the euphemism for aging. Guess which category I fit in! Tendons are like taffy holding muscle to bone. My... Continue Reading →

The Asteroid, Environmentalism, and Faith

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com A few weeks ago we got word that an asteroid was careening toward earth. I was beyond excited. I am a total amateur scientist, though I taught environmental and health reporting at John Carroll University. I took classes  in several universities and even corporations to learn as much as I could. I wanted... Continue Reading →

The Common Good and Healing the Nation

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com Plato developed the idea in his The Republic; Aristotle argued for it in his political writings; James Madison, along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, underscored its importance in The Constitution of the United States and The Federalist Papers. The idea I am talking about is the common good. Madison underscored that “…political institutions... Continue Reading →

Homeless Jesus and What I Can Do For Him

Photo Credit: Susan Zion, OSU Within twenty minutes of placing a life-sized figure shrouded in a blanket and stretched on a bench near St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village, Ohio, someone called the local police about a homeless person because “it doesn’t look good.” Did the caller mean it doesn’t look good for the person wrapped in the blanket who... Continue Reading →

What I Can Do to Feed the Hungry

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com October is “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness” month, and from November 15 to 22, it will be “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness” week. I thought we should look at hunger first and next week take on homelessness for reflection and action. Such reflection might become a way in which we can measure our personal belief in Jesus... Continue Reading →

Reaching Out to Dilute the Loneliness

Photo credit: Pixabay.com These are days of extraordinary loneliness for many people. Several of my past blogs have mentioned the kindnesses of people reaching through the fog surrounding others to let them know they are thought of and loved. Please contact the lonely, here is why. You may have read my post two weeks ago on the death of our beloved dog, Finn.... Continue Reading →

Voting is a Sacred Duty

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com How could anyone not vote? Especially in a democracy? Just take a look at Belarus these days. Or, some of the struggling neo-democratic countries teetering on tyrannical rule. Let me give you some examples I have experienced about freedom and voting these past 60 years. In the 1950’s when I was in religious formation, communism governed... Continue Reading →

Angels and Their Importance in Our Faith

Sister Helen Scasny, SC with angel collection. Photo credit: Sisters of Charity Cincinnati Mother Mary Joseph’s collection of angel figurines should have made the Guinness Book of World Records! Once word got out that she loved angels, well, that was the go ahead for gifts of angels of all sorts, sizes and thematic representations of the heavenly... Continue Reading →

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