Count your blessings


Whew! August already! I don’t know about you, but the extremes in the heat certainly slowed me down. I always start the summer like a kid getting out of school for the summer…big plans, days loaded with stuff to do outside, and vacation! No room on my calendar to fit anything more. And then I remember the “dog days” of […]

Reflections from the garden


I like working in the garden. It feels good to work the soil with my hands, and to watch the transformation of small seeds or bulbs into large plants that bloom or provide food. It reminds me that I live in a wonderfully complex world created by a loving Creator God. Life is a miracle, and it is awe-inspiring to […]


A great deal of talk is talked in our time about nature. There is a veritable mob of people who are trying to get back to it — a dog chasing its tail? When we speak of nature, however, we are too often speaking of something outside of us: “the environment,” “the outdoors.” Are we trying so desperately to get […]

Rights are communal

One of the biggest roadblocks in American life today is the way we think about rights. Rights, we think, belong to isolated individuals. But rights are communal. Rights and responsibilities come hand in hand. If I had the right to do as I please on the property that I own, how would my neighbors have any right to the uses […]


The duty of sacrifice

In the ninth chapter of the Gospel according to Luke, there are two separate places where it seems Jesus is being very, very rigid and uncaring even. In the first instance, a man wants to go with Jesus and become a disciple. But first, the man wants to go back home and bury his father. Jesus says, “Let the spiritually […]

What do Jews do in Synagogue on Saturday Morning?


When I was a young man, a close friend of mine who was skeptical of the value of religion, asked me why I went to synagogue. He asked me with all due respect. He knew me well; well enough to know that I was no fundamentalist, that I was scientific-minded and rational in my approach to religion. He suspected that […]

The Truth of Peace, Grace and Love

I could not have done it without you. Over the past couple of weeks, I have found myself saying this many times to a myriad of different people. We are especially reminded of three others whom we could not, or cannot, do anything without. First, in the words of Psalm 52: 9, “I will give thanks to you, God, forever, […]

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 […]

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