The Online Death Cafe

So for the next few days I’d like to talk about death in anticipation of Ash Wednesday, because we all are going to die and the ashes on our foreheads are there to remind us of that not-so-simple truth. I’ve decided on five topics that we can talk about for the remainder of this week […]

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Koch to God: How’m I Doin’?

The longtime mayor and NYC personality Ed Koch died early this morning of congestive heart failure. He was the mayor when I was a child living in suburban Yonkers and throughout my teen-age and early college years from 1978 until 1989 when he was ousted in the primary by David Dinkins who went on to […]

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World Events That Changed Gen Xers: The Challenger Explosion

27 years ago the horror of seeing the Space Shuttle explode in mid-air, a shuttle with a teacher-civilian on it brought many of us to our knees. As a proud Gen Xer I remember this day unfortunately all too well. I was in high school and my trigonometry teacher broke the news to us. Some […]

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Can One Experience Change Us Forever?

Heather Mallick has a haunting article in the Toronto Star today that several colleagues have forwarded to me today. The mother of one of the children in the Newtown shooting insisted on an open casket. She hopes it will change people’s attitudes about gun violence. Noah Pozner, 6, was one of the 20 child victims […]

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My Bucket List

So eternal rest grant unto Sheila, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her, may her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. We pray today for Sheila, the ex wife of a friend who died suddenly. We’ve all been stunned by the news. […]

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Ripley the Dog RIP

My buddy Ripley had to be put down this week while I was away. She had been failing for some time. Ripley, was Fr. Jack’s Olde English Sheepdog here at the parish and I loved her. She was a 2 year old rescue dog from Indianapolis and she came with Quigley who left us last […]

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We Must Not Stay Silent

Close to 30 dead…most of them children…Suburban Connecticut… The words haunt us all. Children somehow makes this worse as if killing an adult makes it somehow easier to take. Newtown…a place people move to because it’s supposedly safer. None of it makes sense to any of us. A sadistic person, apparently only 24 years old […]

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One of My Favorite Jesuits

While I was an undergrad at Fordham, I often was invited to dinner with the Jesuit Scholastics (and others who were in formation for ministry) at Ciszek Hall a quiet respite just off of the Fordham campus in the Little Italy Section of the Bronx, better known as Arthur Avenue to most. Those evenings enabled […]

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Memories of Patrick and Lance Armstrong

So the news is all a flutter about Lance Armstrong giving up the fight to clear his name regarding doping throughout his career. He was stripped of his titles and his good name, perhaps already tarnished is now eradicated from the halls of cycling history. It would be easy, perhaps too easy for me to […]

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