Archive for the Spiritual Category


My Miracles 2 — ‘It Wasn’t Long Before the Church Began to Resemble a Battlefield, with Bodies Literally Strewn Everywhere’

(Not your normal bill of fare, this)   Back in August, I wrote about the many miracles that surrounded my Mother’s death in 1996. But, I never mentioned the related miracles that occurred in New Zealand … until now. In 1994 or 1995, Mom was on oxygen 24/7 and had wasted away to 75 pounds. […]

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Thy Blog Be Done

  Many 12-step programs tell you to “Let Go and Let God”. But, as my big sister often reminds me, even when we do so, we frequently freak out and claw stuff right back. Case in point… I recently took a deep breath, said some prayers, and moved the HOGS Blog to a cheaper New Zealand […]

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So Many Miracles Surrounding My Mom’s Death

  (Editor’s Note: After the previous post on abortion, I’m not sure how to get back to funny. So I decided to publish this piece about “my miracles”. I wrote this and three other stories as part of what I’d hoped would be a book on miracles. That did not happen, so this will.) ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– […]

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The Morning After The Night Before

When I was young, the headline above referred to waking up with a monstrous hangover. Today, it refers to being back in the world after a weekend of immersion in a spiritual retreat called the Eucharistic Convention. I feel sort of like a sponge whose every pore had been filled with water, and then squeezed […]

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We’re Still (Trying to Be) Holy in NZ; Funny Should Resume Next Week

  If you came expecting post-Easter humor, you’re a week too early. This week, friends and neighbors, features the Eucharistic Convention, a major Catholic event that we’ve helped organize for years. Before you flee in horror, check these people out. Bob and Freda Narev – When Bob “Narewczewitz” was nine years old, “home” to him […]

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Easter Sunday — He Is Risen

  1 After the Sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre. 2 And suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. 3 His […]

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Good Friday

  When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier. They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it […]

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