Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Guest Commentary


Sorting the Keys to Prayer

Several years ago, I had a wonderful experience observing and then volunteering at a workshop for developmentally-delayed adults in which they would perform menial tasks for a fee or salary. They would work at these tasks during the morning hours and in the afternoon would partake in cooking, hygiene, or arts and crafts classes.

The Mystery of Prayer

Recently, Father Jonathan Sawicki, the Diocesan Director of Vocations, asked me for a favor. He was trying to put together speakers for Quo Vadis Days, a retreat for young men ages 15-25 who are discerning the call to the priesthood.

A View of the Kingdom

I shared a version of this story in 2011, but, like any good story, it is worth repeating. Some years ago, as I prepared to go on my annual retreat, I looked forward to some quality bonding with nature.

A Paddleboat’s Lesson in Wisdom

Many years ago, when I was in college, my parents and brother and I went on a mini-vacation to visit an aunt who lived in Connecticut.

The Greatest Gift

Some time ago, my aunt folded a wad of money in my hand and told me to spend it on my catechetical class for a Christmas party. At the time, I was teaching in an elementary school in the Bronx and was a catechist for a third-grade First Holy Communion preparation class.

Knowledge Beyond Book Smarts

Intelligent. Having “smarts.” Fast learner. In the educational world, these words are often synonymous with academic success and professional aptitude.

Navigating Decisions with the Gift of Council

A little more than 12 years ago, I was a teacher and a technology coordinator at Bishop McDevitt High School, as well as the chairperson for the Diocesan Technology Committee.

‘Hope in Our Hearts’

This year has really been so hard on us all. We have watched the news as cases grew out of hand.

The Gifts of Intellect

As I stare at my blinking cursor, there is a “voice” whispering, “Who are you, Geralyn, to think that your musings bring any good to anyone? Your words are just a clanging gong! Who do you think you are?”

Piety in the Streets

Many years ago, when I taught in the Bronx, I had an after-school club to assist students who couldn’t complete their homework because of challenging situations at home.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions to the biweekly Notebook/Parish Obituaries listing is every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Publication Schedule for edition dates and deadlines.

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