Feast of St. Francis

On this Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan religious orders, let us pray that we may be instruments of the Lord’s peace. Let us embrace the sick, the hungry, the homeless. Let s bring the Holy Gospel to life in all we do. Today I offer prayers for my family and…

Happy Birthday, Wonder Woman!

When my sister and I were kids, I liked to dress as Batman and she was always by my side as Wonder Woman. I had no idea then that Shauna would come to embody her childhood superhero title.  Decades since we donned capes and magic bracelets, my sister has no super powers. She doesn’t fly…

No More: A Letter to My Senators and Congressman

Note: I sent a similar letter to Senator Toomey and Congressman Marino. Senator Robert Casey 393 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Casey: Today I write to you as a fellow Catholic, a fellow native of northeastern Pennsylvania, a Franciscan, and a deeply concerned American citizen whom you represent in our country’s…

First Holy Communion Retreat

Today I had the joyful experience of leading my second First Holy Communion retreat alongside Sr. Donna Cerminaro, MPF of the Religious Teachers Filippini. Sr. Donna and I worked with two teachers, one staff, and 25 children as they prepare for the sacrament. The children of SS. Anthony & Rocco Parish in Dunmore, Pennsylvania were…

Who are you?

“Who are you?” It is a question – perhaps the definitive question – of identity. In The Power of Identity Manuel Castells defines identity as “people’s source of meaning and experience” (Castells 6). On a superficial level, the identity question is one question that has many answers; it is a situational question of meaning and…

Judge not?

It is common knowledge that the Catholic Church and other Christian churches teach us to live a life of forgiveness, love, and respect for the dignity of others. It is part of the foundation of Christian beliefs. Here are some biblical references to this point: Stop judging, that you may not be judged.For as you judge,…