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There’s a Monastic in Each of Us PDF Print E-mail

By Pat Haggerty

On October 15th, the church celebrated the feast of St. Teresa of Avila.  This feast day gave me much pause for thought.  Having some connection with Carmel in my early years, I always feel a love for Teresa of Avila.  She was born in Spain in 1515 and spent much of her life writing about doctrine and the mystical life.  She is considered a Doctor of the Church.

Thinking of Teresa made me also think about the monastic life.  What connections, if any, have you had with a monastic?  What can we learn from Teresa and from modern monastics?

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:58
Angels, Angels, Everywhere! PDF Print E-mail

By Pat Haggerty

As a child growing up in a fairly devout Catholic family, I remember the picture of the guardian angel that hung in the nursery of our two-story tenement.  The angel was lovely with a soft face, expansive and delicate wings, and an expression of kindness and concern on her face.  She was standing over two little children, a boy and a girl, as they walked across a little bridge that appeared to emerge out of nowhere.  No doubt you’ve seen a similar picture, or you have fond memories of your own guardian angel picture.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:58
Preparation PDF Print E-mail

By Pat Haggerty

This week I did something I don’t often do.  I looked ahead to Sunday’s readings.  I know this is a good practice, and one I should adhere to more often.  It is a way to be somewhat proactive with our Mass participation.  We can reflect on what is to come and be prepared to get new insights on the readings when we attend the Sunday liturgy.  In our daily lives, we spend much time in preparation of things:  preparing a meal, preparing a shopping list, preparing for a class, preparing the house for upcoming visitors.  The list could go on and on.  So, why not prepare for Mass?

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:58
Guideposts PDF Print E-mail

By Pat Haggerty

Do you remember what it was like on the first day of school each year?  I had the opportunity to share in that sensation vicariously through my grandson this week.  I was at his house while he was getting ready and preparing to take the bus on the first day of first grade.  Fortunately, he was all smiles and very excited.  He was wearing his new shirt, had a new haircut, and displayed a special name tag.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 08:57
A Recurring Theme PDF Print E-mail

By Pat Haggerty

If you are like me, you must find that emails have a way of multiplying and getting out of hand.   The messages are like weeds in a garden.  After awhile, we have to do something about them.  I can remember when I first started emailing years ago. There were lots of personal messages that I really looked forward to receiving.  Now, other than business messages, there are ads, newsletters, news briefs and on-line communities to read about.  There comes a time when one must “delete.”  This is my time.

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