Recently – when it was still July – a friend sent me a text from the supermarket with a photo of a Halloween candy display in the aisle.
Known to contemporaries as Chiara Offreduccio, Clare was born in 1194 in Assisi, a small city in the Umbrian region of Italy, the eldest daughter of Favorino Scifi, Count of Sasso-Rosso, a forceful but honest Catholic gentleman.
Born near Lyon, France on May 8, 1786, this farmer’s son studied for the priesthood for many years, and eventually was ordained more for his devoutness and good will than for other qualities.
Congress is heading for a collision on the Hyde amendment, and the stakes could not be higher.
When I was 11 years old, wrestling with my brother's recent death, the new parish priest came bounding into our religion class one afternoon.