Please take a few minutes to read the following email which came from Walt, one of the readers of The Rosary Trail. For those of you who are in the Stony Point, NY area, or for those of you who are able to travel there, I suggest that you take full advantage of this wonderful Marian event that is happening on May 18th. We need to remember that May is Mary’s month, and this is a perfect opportunity to show our true devotion to the Queen of Heaven and Earth!
When you click on the image of the Marian Day flyer below, you should be able to see the image in a separate window and in an enlarged format, which should be much easier to read. Please don’t hesitate to let me know via comment or private email if for some reason you are not able to view the flyer in an enlarged format. I’ll be happy to email it … [Read More...]
Recently I had the pleasure of connecting with J.Q. Tomanek, a columnist at Ignitum Today, which is a website that offers Catholic perspectives on every topic that is important to young adults from relationships to religion to life in general. Ignitum Today is known as “The Social Network of the New Evangelization Generation.”
J.Q. asked if he could interview me and post the interview on his site, and of course I was happy and honored to be asked. My interview was posted yesterday, and here it is:
Margo and The Rosary Trail… [Read More...]
Recently I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a person by the name of Dale Allan. Mr. Allan is an author, and it only took a few minutes for me to be instantly intrigued by his work. I asked him if he’d consider coming to The Rosary Trail blog to do a guest post and was thrilled when he said yes!
Dale Allan’s Bio
Dale Allan is a graduate of Fordham University. He has held several senior positions in Fortune 250 companies and has traveled the world. A black belt in martial arts, avid fly-fisherman, political junkie and devout Christian, the creative storylines of his novels reflect the many aspects of his diversified life.
When Dale Allan was just twelve years old, his father was murdered while away on an extended business trip. A week before his death, Dale had struggled to write a letter updating him on the family’s activities. When his father was buried with the handwritten note … [Read More...]
David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot, a would-be Nashville star, and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states.
He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers’ groups. Four of his books, the devotional Heaven Sent and the first four novellas in the Fancy series, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats. Click here for more information and links to purchase these books.
David continues to work on the Fancy series, and expects to publish volume 5 in April.
As leader of my Sunday School class for the past eight years, I’ve made it a practice to read a short … [Read More...]
I needed a break from writing after that incident with my friend and her daughter a couple of weeks ago. It kind of knocked the wind out of me. But I did want to be sure to wish all of you and your loved ones a very Happy and Blessed Easter. And please remember that yesterday, Good Friday, was the first day of the Novena to The Divine Mercy.
On another note, I am writing a book that I hope to have finished by 2014, if not sooner. I will try to continue blogging on a regular basis, and still will aim to write one post a week, but I can’t promise that will be possible every week, as I need to devote my time and energy to the book project. I wanted to mention this in case anyone may wonder why my posts are more spread out than usual. Also, I want everyone to know that if I … [Read More...]
Today I am asking for your prayers…
On Thursday around 9:00 p.m. an old friend of mine, Lori Bresnahan, was murdered, and her 10-year old daughter was raped. It happened in a deserted area of a mall parking lot in the Town of Clay, which is a suburb of Syracuse, NY. You can read about the horrific incident and about Lori in any one of the links below, and I’ve posted her photo above.
Man Accused of Rape Was Facing Child Pornography Charges
More About the Accused Man
More About the Incident
The news of this evil act sent shock waves across the country, and perhaps some of you may have already seen it, as the story has traveled far beyond Onondaga County where the crime took place.
Lori was a person who truly could light up a room when she walked in, as the news article states. She was kind, considerate, gentle, and … [Read More...]
Father John Corapi
People are still emailing me, asking if I’m aware of Father John Corapi’s whereabouts or what he’s up to these days, etc. And the answer is the same as it’s always been: I have no idea where he is, what he’s up to, or how his life has turned out.
I don’t mean to sound insensitive, but there are other bishops, priests, and religious who also need our prayers. Though we hope that Father Corapi is well and that he’s on a path to healing, other bishops, priests, and religious are facing many challenges in the areas of the Catholic faith that are current and relevant, and it’s important to remember to keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
My Radio Interview
Back in January I announced that I was going to be on the radio and that I’d follow up with details. In the meantime, a few of you had emailed me, asking about the interview … [Read More...]
What is a spiritual attack? This is how Wikipedia defines it:
“Within Christian communities, a spiritual attack is a perceived use of supernatural powers by the Devil to discourage the targeted Christian from their belief in God. Such attacks can come in many forms, all of which can have a lasting, even permanent and detrimental effect on the recipient’s religious life. Spiritual attacks can include possession, fear of holy objects, such as bibles or other holy books, discouragement, and temptation.”
So, based on the above definition, does that mean every person who will ever experience a spiritual attack either be possessed, fear holy objects, become discouraged, and fall into temptation? Well, in some instances, yes, and in other instances, no; still others are probably somewhere in between. When a person is under spiritual attack, it may be very obvious to that person what is happening or, the person may have absolutely no idea. Can a person who has no … [Read More...]
There is a person named Renée whom I went through middle and high school with and who is now a teacher, wife, and mother. A few years ago Renée created a blog that has become a huge success. Her blog’s tagline is probably one of the most clever I’ve seen: “because life doesn’t fit in a file folder.” Renée is not Catholic. In fact, she’s Jewish. But I find myself visiting her blog from time to time simply because I think she’s an amazing writer. Some of her posts are filled with humor and wit, and sometimes she just feels like being silly. But she also writes about serious things, and they always teach a valuable lesson at the end. Her recent post is called Not a Tale for Children, and in it she shares a heart-wrenching story of a little boy who was left alone by his parents to fend for himself. She presents the story of the child … [Read More...]
Selin is one of our readers from El Salvador. Recently he’s written a piece that discusses happiness in the way that it relates to the Year of Faith. As I was reading, I came upon a part where Selin includes a quote from The Little Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He says: ”What is essential is invisible to the eye.” And that reminded me of my favorite quote, which I believe is the core truth of every grace we will ever receive:
“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.” —Soren Kierkegaard
The lens through which we view the world, and the hope we place in ourselves and in humanity as a whole, is often the pathway to the greatest achievements we could ever imagine. I hope you will read and enjoy … [Read More...]