Author Archives: LarryPeterson

Greeting the New Year—the Catholic Way

According to Georgetown University , as of October 2017, there are 1.28 billion Catholics in the world. 70.4 million of them are in the United States. The USA has a population of approximately 330,000,000 people. That works out to about … Continue reading

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St. Margaret of Scotland–This Remarkable, Pious Woman is Patroness to Mothers, Large Families, Widows and Deceased Children

In the year 1066, a displaced English princess, named Margaret, sought refuge in Scotland. Her father had been overthrown by the Danes and before she was born had gone into exile. While still very young, Margaret returned to England to live … Continue reading

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Within the Crowd I Watched in Awe as the Priest Stepped into the Sandals of Christ

What follows is about a priest in a crowd, a famous poem, and a moment in time. The moment was like seeing a tiny flower growing out of a crack in a concrete sidewalk. That tiny flower is another example … Continue reading

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Halloween and the Legend of the Jack-O-Lantern (one version)

Long ago in Ireland, the land of shamrocks, leprechauns, soft winds and smiles, there lived a man named  Jack. Jack was quite lazy and did not like to work. But he had the gift of “blarney” and could talk the … Continue reading

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Were we supposed to learn a specific lesson from Irma and Harvey?*

“Speak to Him often of your business, your plans, your troubles, your fears — of everything that concerns you.” — St. Alphonsus Liguori Officially, the annual hurricane season begins June 1 and ends on November 30, and every year we … Continue reading

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The Piano Farewell: My Wife’s Passing is Now Complete yet the Music Lives On*

My wife, Marty, after a four+ year downward spiral with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, passed last March. But, for me, her passing was never complete as long as her piano remained at home. Recently, her piano found a new home … Continue reading

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Remembering Alzheimer’s Patients and their Caregivers

  Remembering Alzheimer’s Patients and their Caregivers The poem below is NOT from an unknown author, as the graphic indicates. The writer of the poem is Owen Darnell. I am certainly not looking to NOT give credit where credit is … Continue reading

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“Little Nellie of Holy God”–The Toddler Who Inspired a Pope*

Ellen Organ was born on August 24, 1903 in what was known as the “married quarters” of the Royal Infantry Barracks in Waterford, Ireland. Her dad, William, was a soldier in the British army. Shortly after Ellen’s birth she was … Continue reading

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Rejecting “Common Sense” has caused the Rejection of the Golden Rule

It seems that the fear of litigation has triggered the ongoing evaporation of common sense.  What triggered my need to defend common sense are three separate incidents that I experienced over the past month. As you will see, each of … Continue reading

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This Year, Experiencing Death and Resurrection during Holy Week became a Personal Reality

Author’s note: The following was written during Holy Week. It has to do with my wife’s death, funeral and the fresh grief that followed. I thought I should share it here.  Marty’s funeral was April 6th. Everything was perfect; the … Continue reading

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