Author Archives: LarryPeterson

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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The Extraordinary Powers of the Catholic Priest–Imparting the Apostolic Pardon

My wife, Marty, passed away on March 27. Some of you may have seen my posts over the past few years about her ongoing battle with cancer and then Alzheimer’s Disease. No matter; what killed her was an infection called … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Keeps Reminding Me Why I Love being Catholic

I have written about my wife, Marty’s, Alzheimer’s Disease several times. This is another. It was unplanned and spontaneous, triggered by the unique world she and I have come to share together. I was trying to write something but I … Continue reading

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“Ad Orientem”—the Symbolism is Truly Beautiful

Long ago, in a Church somewhat different, I was an altar boy (it was pre-Vatican II and we never used the term altar server.) It was a time when the Mass was said in Latin and the priest always faced … Continue reading

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Christmas is a Time for Miracles: Our Family Experienced One

Christmas Season is still with us, so I thought I would share this true story about a Christmas miracle. During the Christmas season I believe God’s loving hand sweeps down and touches many of us with a little extra something … Continue reading

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Visiting Homebound Elder-Catholics—A Privilege and Sometimes, an Unexpected Challenge

I have been an EMHC (Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion) for over twenty years. I have had the honor and privilege of bringing Holy Communion to many people in many places: hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers, assisted living facilities,and, of course, … Continue reading

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My Yearly Faith Challenge: The Annual Prostate Exam

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the nation. This is a good and noble fight and I am glad that “pink” is everywhere down to the shoes and wrist bands the NFL players wear to the pink bats MLB … Continue reading

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There is a Crisis of “Fatherless” Children in America; We Should Turn to St. Joseph for Help

by Larry Peterson I call St. Joseph the “Shadow Saint.” That is because so little is known about him. He never spoke a word that was recorded. He never wrote anything that was saved on parchment. It does not matter. … Continue reading

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The “Protector” Saint of the Mexican Border*

By Larry Peterson Since there is so much discussion about the Mexican border I thought I would share this column I wrote about two months ago. Meet St.Toribio Romo,The Protector of the Mexican Border. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sometime during the early summer … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease Has Turned Me into a “Guilt-Free Liar”

By Larry Peterson My wife, Marty, has Alzheimer’s Disease, which can lead to the unexpected, like this essay. I did not plan on writing what follows but certain things, silly things, happened last night that I found myself still thinking … Continue reading

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