The Perfect Mother

[Originally published five years ago on my Semper Gaudete blog. Slightly edited.] Today, Mother's Day, I'm going to blog about the perfect mother.Most mothers, both real and fictional, are not perfect; they make mistakes from time to time.  Not even Mrs. March in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women was perfect. Remember the chapter called "Jo Meets Apollyon", … Continue reading The Perfect Mother

Prayer Book

I use this book to pray the Liturgy Of The Hours. I start early in the morning with the Office of Readings, followed immediately by Morning Prayer. [The other hours are Midday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer.] I look out the window as I pray; sometimes I see the sun rise. And this morning, … Continue reading Prayer Book

Bored, Worried, And Lonely Right now, there are many people who are finding life a bit lackluster. To say that it's not easy being in quarantine would be, perhaps, the understatement of the century. We are bored, worried, and lonely all at the same time. And when I say "we", I'm definitely including myself. So how am I … Continue reading Bored, Worried, And Lonely


There's a card that many Catholics used to carry; perhaps some still do:"I AM A ROMAN CATHOLIC. IN CASE OF ACCIDENT, PLEASE CALL A PRIEST." Well, there was a priest in my old parish back in the eighties who had a card that said: "I AM A ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST. IN CASE OF ACCIDENT, PLEASE … Continue reading A CARD, AND A JOKE