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Julia Child, Five-Alarm Chicken, and the Humility to Be Just Ok

I am not a good cook. Raw meat makes me squeamish and I panic when there are too many things boiling and steaming and sizzling on the stove all at once. I lack the gift and skill to know how … Continue reading

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The MET Gala and the Indelible Mark on our Souls

Considering how volatile opinions are about the MET Gala the other night and the fact that I’m Canadian, putting my own opinion out here publicly the morning after the night before either means I am sleep deprived by the demands … Continue reading

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The Art of Modern Man

I’ve never understood modern art. Last week when we were visiting the MET, one brother leaned toward me and whispered, “It looks like a waste of good paint.” What could I say to that? But while somewhere staring quizzically, I … Continue reading

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May and the Unravelling of Biblical Proportions

Ah, May. The month that valiantly holds all of the events, deadlines, celebrations, exams, and stress that every other month has shaken off in order to maintain life at a sane pace 11 months a year. Even December doesn’t come … Continue reading

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Rose of Lima, Patron Saint of Working Moms, Stressed-Out Parents and Chaotic Households

I was really excited a few years back when I got St. Rose of Lima as my patron saint. I didn’t know much about her, but most of the images I found of her were lovely: she was usually portrayed … Continue reading

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Twin Persons

This is the first in what I expect to be a continuing series of reports on my long-term study of the effect of genetics and environmental conditions on the development of twin human beings. Let me make an important disclaimer … Continue reading

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Internship: The Write Tools for Priesthood

“A writer will do anything to avoid the act of writing.” – On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. Author William Zinsser knows me well; the blinking cursor of a white computer screen infuses dread. What am I … Continue reading

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How Not to Pray Like a Toddler

I know Jesus said that unless we become like children, we’ll never enter the kingdom of heaven (Mt 18:3). Fulton J. Sheen in The Eternal Galilean was speaking of heaven when he wrote: “No old people enter it…. There are … Continue reading

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Living the Our Father at the Regnum Christi General Assembly

Every morning at the Regnum Christi General Assembly in Rome, we had the grace of beginning the day with Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, next door to the General Directorate of the Legionaries of Christ and … Continue reading

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Heirs in Valor of the Champions of Old

Struck is the heart when the realization that the young girl in the foreground lays wounded on a tomb as a war rages outside the place where she sleeps. There she is, beautiful and innocent as can be on a … Continue reading

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