Walking Tour 2


Sunday morning. After Morning Prayer at the Casa O’Toole, three of us (Fr. Dennis Yesalonia SJ, Fr. Frank Latzko, and I) headed out for the Oratory of San Francesco Saverio (Del Caravita) for… Continue reading

Mass with the Pope


It might be the only mass I attend with the pope while I’m here. Today was the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also proclaimed by the pope to be the Day… Continue reading

Walking Tour 1


It was such a nice day today. A group of us went for a walk after lunch venturing across to the other side of the Tiber to Piazza Navona, where we had some… Continue reading

Days of Rest & Renewal in the Shadow of the Dome


I thought I knew why I came to Rome. I thought it would be a nice break to get away before the onslaught of Lent and Easter at the parish. I thought I… Continue reading

Spirit & Fire in the Water


Baptism of the Lord In 1993, a legal clerk noticed the incidence of certain cancerous tumors among people in the small southern California town of Hinkley. She approached some of the residents and… Continue reading

We Can Not Return the Way We Came


The Epiphany of the Lord About 29 years ago, my life took a turn that would affect every decision I would ever make, every friendship I would ever forge, every experience I would… Continue reading

Child in Mary’s Arms


Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God On this first day of the new year, the church asks us to pray once again for peace. It isn’t that we don’t pray for peace at… Continue reading

Of Babies & Bathwater


Feast of the Holy Family Mary looked at her 12-year old son and asked, “Why have you done this to us?” Speaking on behalf of all children and teenagers (and some grown-ups) whose… Continue reading

God Came Home


The Nativity of the Lord This holy night we call to mind with fervent devotion how the almighty and immortal God who lives in the splendor of eternal light and peace, and who… Continue reading

Almost There


Fourth Sunday of Advent It happens every year at about this time, the last weekend before Christmas, when the Church finally gives in to the subtle and steady griping of restless faithful Advent… Continue reading

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