When “She Who Must Be Obeyed” and I first “took to housekeeping,” as it was said where I come from, our first home was a small brick ranch. You know it. You may have lived in one yourself. But, even if you have not, you have certainly been in one. Just in case, let meContinue reading “Are you the bud or the thorn?”
On any number of occasions, I have been known to say that God did not make me handsome, so he gave me a voice. As the story is told, and always by me, while waiting in line to leave heaven, bound for earth where I would soon be born, Our Lord took one last lookContinue reading “The Traditional Sounds of Christmas”
My view from the pew: “God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If He gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.” ~ Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) And so it begins… But will it be a forced marchContinue reading “Simple Gifts”
Most midsummer night’s evening I sit quietly with an adult beverage watching each moment of light fade to dark and think of my brother, Tony Fabio with whom I spent so many such nights as a younger man. We’d watch and drink and laugh till the last light of the longest day was faded onContinue reading “A midsummer night’s dream…”
Some friends are like shadows; bold, resolute and always near on sunny days… distant and unavailable when days are grey. Good friends are those that become your sunshine when days are dark … they overrun all the shadows.
Hypocrite is a Greek word that means “actor;” someone playing a role rather than being “real.” And any truly great actor will tell you that to excel in any role they must find the character within themselves and make that “false self” into a “true self” in the context of the “play.” You see, theContinue reading “Hypocrite!”
It is natural to be concerned – even fearful at times. God knows this can be a very scary world we live in… But when we address our fear with hate we are the ones diminished. We are the victims.
“It’s all right, children. Life is made up of meetings and partings. That is the way of it. I’m sure we shall never forget Tiny Tim, or this first parting that there was among us.” ~ Kermit as Bob Cratchit (A Muppet Christmas Carol, 1992) I offer this in review of a year when weContinue reading “Life is made up of meetings and partings…”
Yes, tomorrow is Christmas, but today is the day of the Holiest Night. It is the magic of today that makes Christmas for me. The culmination of Advent, today is the height of the anticipation and build… So, slow down… Take time… It is up to us how we approach this magical moment. God blessContinue reading “Holiest Night”
Often it is the anticipation of an event that makes the event special. The wait itself adds mystery, excitement and desire. When we do not fully engage in the growing anticipation, we actually diminish the entirety of the thing itself. So, enjoy Advent. Cherish the anticipation. Be present as we wait… It’s where the ChristmasContinue reading “Veni!”