Yesteryear

I used to love going down to St. Michael’s Cathedral on Sunday nights. I would leave a bit late to arrive after the downtown parking was free but still in time for the Eucharist. Lovers and Other Strangers used to play on the radio, a nice show with music and readings from Don Jackson. It […]

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Reelin’ in the Years – 2003

It’s 2003 and I’m 41 years old. My father would pass away this year so it wasn’t exactly a stellar year. However, my faith saw me through. I remember driving down to St. Michael’s Cathedral and hearing this song by the Canadian duo Appleton come on the radio. The radio program was called Lovers and Other Strangers, […]

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TV and Church

So today I finally got around to taking the wheels into the shop. We had four slow leaks. The auto shop is pretty cool. In a grubby end of town under gentrification. The shop has been around for years, unchanged, and is pure Starsky and Hutch. The characters coming and going… I swear I could […]

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A deep inner beauty

When I tell people that I like to go to catholic mass I often sense some kind of inner reservation from the other person. I’m not surprised. I know why. Or I have a pretty good idea. The Inquisitions, the child abuse, the corruption. Or maybe just the regimentation. Not to forget the sexism. I […]

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After the fall

When I went to Mass yesterday (I tend to go almost every day) there was a sign on the Church door saying that the pastor had passed away on Saturday. He was quite young and it was an unexpected shock. A very nice, gentle priest, I sat through the Mass feeling the emotions beginning to […]

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1st Peter 3:18-4:6

The other day I got an interesting volunteer question at allexperts.com. I was super busy so wasn’t able to answer it until the wee hours of the morning. Even then I only answered it partially, partly because I read the question one way, and then later on, read it another way. When I realized the […]

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fortune city

fortune city, a photo by earthpages on Flickr. I’ve discovered a new parish that has Mass at 5:15 p.m. every weekday. One of the greatest secrets to my success is regular Mass attendance. Some may think that’s incongruous with the freewheeling, open-minded style that I portray. But actually, as one guy once said to me… […]

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