Columnists/Deacon Jim & Ann Cavera
Updated: June 20th, 2015
Recovering the sacred
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Saturday, 20 June 2015
According to a survey by Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., the number of Americans claiming to practice no formal religion went from 8 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2009. Our guess is that the number may be even higher today. Outranked in numbers only by Catholics and Baptists, the group c...
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Thursday, 04 June 2015
Graffiti isn’t hard to find. We see it on the boxcars that roll through our countryside. Names and slogans are often plastered on highway overpasses and scrawled on the sides of city buildings. It also feels as though the beliefs we hold in deepes...
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Friday, 03 April 2015
Lately we’ve noticed thoughts about how old we are pop up more and more often. We were watching “Antiques Road Show” one night when we realized we are now older than some of the antiques people were bringing in for appraisal. In any case, we co...
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Friday, 06 March 2015
A friend once said, “Now I am the one holding the coats.” She explained that in her younger years she was always the first one running to ride the amusement park roller coasters. Now, she stands by while her grandkids hand her their coats and mak...
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Friday, 06 February 2015
Some wit once said that 80 percent of all statistics are made up. With that in mind we’d like to guess that 75 percent of what we do every day is based on habits we’ve formed over many years. By now, 90 percent of us have already given up on the ...
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Friday, 02 January 2015
Our days look quite ordinary. Our grandchildren are coming and going. It often seems they grow inches in the space of a few weeks. With a new year, another chapter begins and we seldom stop to think w...
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Friday, 05 December 2014
I wonder how God sees the prayers we send to heaven? Do they resemble leaves tossed and scattered by the wind? Are they like snowflakes piling up in soft drifts: a large drift for peace on earth, a th...
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Friday, 07 November 2014
In the heart of our town we still have what used to be known as an old-fashioned “five and dime” store. The shelves bulge with the kind of toys that make kids think: puzzles, construction sets, ar...
Deacon Jim & Ann Cavera
Friday, 03 October 2014
Thomas Merton said, “The biggest temptation is … to settle for too little.” That applies especially to those of us who are over retirement age. Men and women, on the average, have a life expecta...
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Thursday, 04 September 2014
In the middle of a Friday morning, with full loads of laundry running and Jim at the computer working on a homily for Sunday, we heard a loud pop outside. The computer screen went blank, the laundry s...