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How to Cope

The librarian sisters who encouraged my reading as a child saw something they knew would interest me. Of course they were right. It was an article about forensics and Catholicism on a blog called Joan’s Rome. The blog post publicized a … Continue reading

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Giving Me Away

It makes sense that the written word would rekindle my relationship with two librarian sisters who inspired me when they worked at the Crestwood Library during my youth. Nancy and Sheila found my blog about a year ago. Since then, … Continue reading

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Go Fig-ure

It makes sense that the written word would rekindle my relationship with two librarian sisters who inspired me when they worked at the Crestwood Library during my youth. Nancy and Sheila found my blog about a year ago. Since then, … Continue reading

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Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

The Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center invited the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association to dinner. I took pictures of the delicious food but I don’t know what any of it is called. The ingredients included tomatoes, peppers, onions and ground … Continue reading

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Southern Gospel

Many of my Catholic Facebook friends have been sharing an article about Catholicism in the South. The story in the National Catholic Register features several quotes from Deacon Sean Smith, chancellor for the Diocese of Knoxville. I liked the article … Continue reading

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Stupe de Jure

A single word in a Time Magazine article irked me. The word “conjure” can mean “to summon by invocation or incantation.” I think the more common usages are “to use a conjurer’s tricks” and “to make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly … Continue reading

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Little Tipper

You can’t please all the people all the time. After a very successful Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk, I received a complaint about the music played over the loudspeakers during the event. A parent objected to the songs that contained … Continue reading

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A Mean Joe Green

You have already heard part of the Verdi Requiem but you may not know it. His version of the “Dies Irae” hymn has been used in countless movies and trailers. I felt the power of Giuseppe Verdi’s work while listening to … Continue reading

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When Necessary, Use Words

Cardinal Justin Rigali and Bishop Richard Stika took time from their Holy Week activities to record a thirty-minute public affairs interview with me on Wednesday. The program aired early this morning on the Journal Broadcast Group radio stations in Knoxville. … Continue reading

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Three Part Harmony

The Easter Triduum is a single celebration, spread out over three days. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper takes place on the evening of Holy Thursday. It is followed by Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion. The Triduum culminates with … Continue reading

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Channel of Thy Peace

My father’s college diploma was written in Latin. It hung in a frame next to my mother’s diploma, which was also written in Latin. To me, the most recognizable Latin words were their first names: Franciscum and Alicia. My jaw dropped … Continue reading

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Going Off to College

Justin Cardinal Rigali moved to Knoxville when he retired as Archbishop of Philadelphia. The mandatory retirement age for bishops is 75 but cardinals can vote for the next pope until they are 80. Rigali will turn 78 in April. Yesterday he … Continue reading

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Key Tagalog

The Italian word “papabile” translates to “pope-able.” Many Catholics around the world are wondering if their local cardinal might be considered papabile when next month’s conclave convenes. Even the secular site Buzzfeed listed ten of the papabile. People in the … Continue reading

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Benediction

Catholics around the world are wondering why Pope Benedict XVI would resign from the papacy instead of dying in office like most of his predecessors. My first reaction was that he was setting an example for future popes. I found an article from a … Continue reading

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