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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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  • A great lady who was the first lady
    Along with many in this country and around the world, I mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, the former first lady who died April 17 at the age of 92. In my few and brief encounters with her, I always found her to be kind and gracious.
  • Lessons learned around the dining room table
    The “good china” – that’s what my family called the set of plates and bowls even though, if the truth be told, they were not very valuable. It was a complete service for 12 that included dishes, salad plates, bread plates, soup bowls, dessert bowls, coffee cups and saucers, coffee and tea pots, serving platters, a covered soup tureen, and serving bowls.
  • Mom’s death causes sadness for what I’ve lost, and joy for what she has gained
    It is with mixed emotions that I face the fact that my mother died Aug, 14. Her name was Rita and she was 81 years old. And, while I grieve the death of the woman I have called mother for nearly 58 years, I also feel a certain sense of relief.
  • D.C. bill offers death without dignity
    After watching my beloved father suffer and die a painful death, it would be easy for someone to assume that I would support a D.C. measure that will allow terminally ill patients to kill themselves by legally obtaining from their physicians a lethal cocktail of medications. Not true. The push to legalize assisted suicide in the District of Columbia is wrong. It is immoral. It is dangerous.
  • Remembering Elie Wiesel, who urged us to remember
    It is important to remember that Elie Wiesel’s fame came not just because he survived incomprehensible suffering, but also because he demanded the world remember and learn from the horrors of the Holocaust. Wiesel was a champion for tolerance and peace and encouraged all of us to be such champions. His was a voice that never ceased to call all of us to recognize our common humanity, and he called for all people to have the same voice.
  • Report on Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s midday Ash Wednesday Mass on Feb. 18 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. That was the assignment given me, and one that I was looking forward to writing about.


  • This month we focus on two issues very important to Catholics: Catholic education and life. January is not only the first month of the new year, but it is also the month when the Catholic Church marks Catholic Schools Week and when we participate in rallies, Masses, vigils, marches and other events in defense of life.
  • I will be away from the paper for the next couple of months recovering, recuperating and generally getting used to having a new hip. How can this be, you may ask, for someone as young as me? Okay, maybe I am not that young, but still the diagnosis startled me and came out of the blue.
  • This is a very special week for the faithful of the Archdiocese of Washington. This coming Tuesday, July 22, is exactly 75 years to the day that the Archdiocese of Washington was founded.
  • Tired, but excited and happy and overjoyed. That was the general answer given by the three dozen Washington-area pilgrims who attended the April 27 canonizations of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II when asked what they thought about being present at the historic event.
  • For the first time in my more than 50 years on the face of this earth, I am going to have a real Thanksgiving. Of course, I've always celebrated the fourth Thursday in November with family and friends and football and parades and turkey and way too much eating. But this year will be different - this year the focus will be not on food but on actually giving thanks.
  • The mumbled prayers, the soft clacking of rosary beads, the lighted candles and the petitions to God that were evident Sept. 7 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception were comforting and reassuring. About 700 gathered in the National Shrine's Crypt Church to pray for peace in Syria and other trouble spots throughout the world.
  • I attended a conference recently where one of the speakers urged Catholic pro-lifers and Catholic social justice advocates to work together. The speaker, Capuchin Franciscan Father Daniel Mindling, academic dean of Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, noted that Catholics are "being asked to favor social programs or pro-life teachings."
  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl and the U.S. bishops have been warning us and warning us about a full-press assault on religion and religious freedom. The bishops are urging all people of goodwill to stand up against these attacks.
  • This should not come as a surprise to anyone: the Washington Post is criticizing the U.S. Catholic bishops (again!) for their forthright and very determined stance to fight the Obama administration's declaration that the Catholic Church and other faith groups must now offer employer-provided health insurance that includes coverage for services that violate its moral teachings.
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