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After my ordination in 1974, I was a director of religious education. With the parents of teenagers gathered for a meeting, I discovered that the Beatitudes…you know, blessed are the poor, blessed are the peacemakers, blessed are those who mourn…were a complete puzzle. I had been told that I would find this if I opened […]

Translation and Invocation

The Wesleyan Chaplains take turns presenting what is still called an invocation for the Board of Trustees. This is not what is was when Wesleyan was a full blown denominational school. But the customary name is retained and the chaplains rotate in and out for a two to three minute “invocation”. It is a challenge […]


I am posting in thevirtualoratory.com some of the notes found in Fr. David Valtierra’s books from the 1960s when he was a honors students in philosophy at Catholic University. It was the highest level scholarship of its day for diocesan seminarians who got an MA in three years following extra courses in seminars, taking on […]

The New Yorker for the first week of 2009 has a most appropriate article by Jonathan Harr called “Lives of the Saints.” The quaint title means something to vintage Catholics and may revive the genre for the general public.  Slate Magazine in Briefings calls attention to it and AMENS the rightness of the title. “Do […]