SEAN WRIGHT

SEAN WRIGHT
July 3, 2020  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

Defying the efforts of emperors, kings, popes and engineers to eliminate them, the fetid, malodorous Pontine Marshes — disease-ridden, brackish waters 10-16 miles wide — for 23 centuries lay southeast of Rome. Benito Mussolini not only made the trains run on time, in 1928 he finally succeeded in draining the Pontine Marshes. Reclaiming the land, “Il Duce” built low-cost housing and settled families there. The Lazio region is now a thriving community, producing crops in abundance.


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June 5, 2020  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

Allow me to tell you a tale of two sons. It begins with a story told by my friend, Father Barnabas, a Franciscan friar in Connecticut. Online conversations with him over the past 10 years have often led to mutually genial exchanges of ideas — not to mention much hilarity and the joy of knowing someone totally at ease with himself as a man, as a Catholic, and as a priest.


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April 3, 2020  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

The Lord is risen!” “The Lord is risen, indeed!”

Christians around the world share this sign and countersign when greeting each other throughout Eastertide. For the Church, the Bride of Christ, the Resurrection is an event too glorious to observe on a single day.


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March 6, 2020  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

The late 1800s saw a steep rise in American banking, commerce and industry. A new, ultrawealthy class arose, personified by families named Astor, Carnegie, Morgan, Rockefeller and Vanderbilt. Collectively, historians have tagged the men who created this wealth “Robber Barons,” reflecting their often cut-throat business tactics. These men and their families also donated vast sums of money to establish charitable foundations, endow universities, and found lending libraries, eventually furthering education and spreading that wealth.


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February 21, 2020  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

An amusing tale, repeated by Carl Sandburg in his comprehensive biography of Abraham Lincoln, places the future president at a party hosted by the family of Mary Todd, with whom he was romantically smitten.

When Miss Todd asked Lincoln if he might want to dance with her, the awkward, gangling, country lawyer enthusiastically replied, “Yes, Ma’am! In the worst way!”


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December 20, 2019  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

When was Christ born of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary?

Christians asked that question throughout the first centuries. The Church, however, was more concerned with the anniversary of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection as the central flashpoints of history.


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December 6, 2019  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

Time was when the cultural celebration of Christmas began the evening of Dec. 24 and ended the evening of Jan. 6 — 12 days. 

As late as the 1940s it was still traditional to wait until Christmas Eve to set up the family tree. Oh, parents might go out a day or two beforehand to tack up strings of colored lights to outline their houses’ porches and gables and hang an evergreen wreath on the door. Even so, the crèche, tree and other major decorations were not seen till Christmas Eve.


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October 18, 2019  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

A soft-spoken, gentle man born in Orleans, France, in 1607, Isaac Jogues entered the Society of Jesus in 1624, was ordained, and served at the university in Rouen as a professor of literature. He was sent as a Jesuit missionary to Canada in 1636, where he joyfully brought the Gospel to Native Americans, sailing up the St. Lawrence River to the city of Quebec.


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September 6, 2019  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

The Blessed Virgin Mary did not have an easy life, despite the joy she knew as the loving mother of Jesus. She faced many difficulties. such as being pregnant and walking — or riding a donkey — for 90 miles over three or four days. Devotionally, the Church lists seven major sorrow-ful events in her life:


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August 2, 2019  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

In 258 A.D., Publius Licinius Valerianus — known to history as Valerian — had been Emperor of Rome for five years. He became perturbed that many members of the patrician and equestrian classes were fascinated by a dead Galilean carpenter whose teachings had vexed the empire for two centuries.


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June 21, 2019  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

About 18 years ago I found myself torn between ambition and apathy, wondering if I should roast Cornish game hens or make up some quick BLTs for dinner. I decided to put the question to my then twelve year-old son, DeForeest, laboring at his desk with his homework.


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April 19, 2019  |  By SEAN WRIGHT
But what about Peter?” asked my son DeForeest as we returned from the Easter Vigil Mass many years ago.
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December 7, 2018  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

“Up on the housetop, click, click, click!

Down through the chimney with Good Saint Nick!”


There is hardly a more popular saint than Nicholas, bishop of Myra, patron of Sicily, Greece, Russia and numerous cities. Within the Universal Church, in both Latin and Eastern rites, hundreds of churches bear his name. 

 


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October 19, 2018  |  By SEAN WRIGHT
Within Catholic liturgical tradition Jesus Christ is surely the Prince of Tides: Adventide, Christmastide, Passiontide, Paschaltide, Whitsuntide and Hallowtide are recognized by the church as special celebrations of redemptive grace occurring throughout the liturgical year.
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