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July 2014

St. Michael The Archangel (and Me)

By |July 23rd, 2014|

We were blessed to have a new pastor come to our north-central Arizona parish about a year ago. He announced that he was going to pretty much leave things as they are for at least […]

May 2014

RUA Mugwump?

By |May 27th, 2014|

Have you ever heard of the word Mugwump? It’s a noun which is defined from a dictionary as a person who remains aloof or independent, esp. from party politics.

But in a more literal or common […]

April 2014

It’s Time For a Catholic Resurrection

By |April 20th, 2014|

Belated and blessed Easter prayers. It’s time for a Catholic resurrection.

Excuse starting a Catholic Family Podcast with a reflection that starts with me… but I want to start with a story — well, two stories […]

February 2014

Minimalism: Heaven Bent This Lent?

By |February 20th, 2014|

I live in a parish with a predominately older population. Like many or most parishes, there are the daily Mass attendees… mostly gray haired… often coming for the rosary before Mass and then the 25 […]

December 2013

Job Openings – Seeking Catholic Mandelas

By |December 30th, 2013|

(This column is scheduled for January publication on the Catholic Mom website. Deacon Tom feels that this topic is worth sharing on other venues, and he welcomes your thoughts and feedback)

Two seemingly unrelated starters:

For nine […]

October 2013

An Irish Curmudgeon & Growing the Faith

By |October 31st, 2013|

A week ago Saturday, I went to a new priest for confession. The priest turned out to be an Irish curmudgeon. Do you know what a curmudgeon is? The dictionary says a curmudgeon is a […]