We are so fortunate to live in a beach community! Any time we want, we can drop everything, drive a few miles or even walk a few blocks – to Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Topsail Beach, or Oak Island – and appreciate the beauty and majesty of the Atlantic Ocean…except when we don’t because time is…

These are words one normally associates with the traditional liturgy for Stations of the Cross, and Good Friday, and yet we find almost identical words used in the Alleluia verse for today. For today is triumphant side of Good Friday, when we recognize in a special way the victory accomplished for us there. Today is “Holy Cross”,…

The great 14th century Latin poem “Ave verum corpus” (Hail, true body), about the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, has a line which is somewhat hard to translate effectively: Esto nobis praegustatum in mortis examine – “Be for us a foretaste in examination of death.” What is this “examination?” Does it mean “at the time of death” or just “when we…