The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

For many Catholic Christians including those within the Roman Church, this past Sunday we focused on “The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.” Please let me clarify the word “feast.” In this context it means: to celebrate or remember something in a special way like Easter or Pentecost Sunday. In our church we have three readings each Sunday […]

For the beauty of earth

By Father Dante Tarantini, FCR A s a Franciscan, I find such pleasure in the beauty of nature and God’s creatures. While traveling throughout our beautiful mountains, I try to take great care in observing the picturesque views around every turn. I recently read an article in, that listed the Catskills, as one of ten places to visit worldwide, […]



“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 Jesus spoke these words to His disciples shortly before His impending crucifixion on the cross. Jesus soon would no longer be with them. It was a time […]

Count your blessings


The other day I was talking with someone who is less than thrilled with her current work situation. She finds the hours to be burdensome to her family life, the pay is not what it should be, given her responsibilities, and her co-workers fall woefully short in terms of cooperation. But as we talked, she recalled the fact that not […]

Why I go to Church


I was raised as a strict church-goer by a very devout Christian mother and a non-church going father, not an uncommon configuration in those days. I never doubted the religion taught at our church but I did not have the discipline to stay committed to church after moving out of my parent’s home after marriage. I more or less became […]

Hope is the light


There was a wonderful cartoon posted on Facebook this week. It was a picture of Noah standing on the Ark and looking out over the water trying to find land. One of his sons asked him, “Where do you think we are? To which Noah replied, “UPSTATE NEW YORK.” I think all of us at one time or another have […]

God is waiting


Jesus was always on His way to some place. As we noted early in Lent, He took Peter, James and John up Mount Tabor. It was an arduous journey up a windy road that twisted and turned and never seemed to end until you got to the top. No wonder Peter, James and John were overcome with sleep. Anyone would […]

The beauty of God


Beauty, love, and Christianity go hand in hand. God is beautiful; Christ is beautiful; salvation is the realization of their beauty. It is for the beauty and the love of God, revealed to us in the Christ whom the Church catholic proclaims and worships, that we push through and beyond our own personal limitations, beyond the deficiencies and mutilations that […]

Experience the Maker of it all.

“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I maydwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze onthe beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”(Psalm 27:4) I love to visit historic churches. I was in a large downtown church built in the beginning of […]

He is Risen!


He is Risen! Halleluiah! Halleluiah indeed. Jesus has risen, however, on that Sunday morning all those years ago, no one knew. A group of women were on their way to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body, to pay their respects to him. What were the women doing as they walked along together? Did they talk about Jesus; what he had […]

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