Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez came up to bat. The pitcher tossed a fastball right down the middle of the plate in Alex’s sweet spot. What amazed me was the ease and fluidity with which he swung the bat and hit the home run right out of the park. I could not have accomplished such a feat in one hundred years!
We recall our childhood experience of sitting with our parents or grandparents listening to stories of Guardian angels protecting and guiding us, and learning bedtime prayers like this one: Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love, commits me here, ever this day, be on my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen!
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The Gospel of Luke is considered the Gospel of women. Luke presents most episodes emphasizing the relationship of Jesus with women. The novelty is not only in the presence of the women around Jesus but also in His attitude concerning them.
We are completing a monumental week for mothers who shaped great saints. There is Blanche of Castile, the mother of King Saint Louis IX of France. Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. And the third amazing mother I'll leave anonymous until the end.
Today we remember the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome. One might ask, “Why make a big deal about a church so far away, built so long ago?”
Mighty oak trees line the carriage way leading to the main entrance of the stately 1905 mansion that became the administration building at Stonehill College. Still today visitors and employees often feel the sting of a random acorn striking them on the noggin!