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St. Raphael, by my side through illness and change
Choosing a confirmation name is a pretty big deal when accepting your faith. After all, my name, Joseph, has been with me since my birth and will stay with me for the rest of my life. It is the first thing people learn about me. It has become my identity.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Boiling blood, volcanoes and a confirmation name
Names are important. They signify who we are and give us individuality. However, we cannot name ourselves. This crucial decision is left to our parents -- but our faith allows us a chance to add to our name and make it truly ours.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hope for Catholic schools
When my children were young, they attended St. John the Evangelist elementary school in Schenectady. The school took part in the national DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance and Education) program.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hank Williams, Mother Teresa and Jesus Christ
Southerners revere the memory of the late Hank Williams (1923-53), arguably the greatest country-western entertainer of the last century. His career was tragically cut short by a premature death at the age of 30. Sixty-plus years later, Williams' name is still one of the most recognizable in many areas of our country. His hard-earned fame has stood the test of time.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

A garden of weeds and wheat
My teacher for my first lesson as a novice gardener was a weed.
Thursday, August 3, 2017






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