A woman of values

“They say” that former first lady Barbara Pierce Bush, who died in mid-April, smoked cigarettes. Well, she reached adulthood when smoking was common, indeed expected. She also represented many values that universally were revered in this country once upon a time, but

Quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep

When I was small, I was fascinated by a framed cross-stitch hanging on a wall in my parents’ home. I read the words over and over, even setting them to my own tune. “Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow … for

Peter is with us

“Peter is within.” That was the translation of an inscription scratched amid a host of ancient Christian hieroglyphics that pointed at the truth. Tradition long had held that St. Peter the Apostle, martyred in Rome, was buried there. Somewhere under the altar

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