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Sister Pamela Smith

Mary matters so very much

I was in seventh grade when I noticed an acceleration in Sister Eymard’s cautions to us about the importance of being Mary-like. I just knew that she had gotten wind of the recent addition of spin-the-bottle to our offsite birthday celebrations. Maybe she had even used her X-ray vision to see through the folds of […]


’Tis the season for yearning

“Blade Runner 2049” does not seem, as of this writing, to be a blockbuster suc­cess. The film is a sequel to “Blade Runner,” the screenplay of the late 1960’s sci-fi book “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Blade Runner isn’t exactly holiday fare. It deals with artificially engineered beings passing for human and outlawed on […]


We celebrate – and then some

Around the corner from our Bluffton convent is a house which never decorates. The lawn is trim, the trees are pruned, and the shrubs are neatly cared for. But the porch displays no hanging plants flush with color, and when holidays and holy days arrive, no wreaths or decorations appear. The owner is a youth […]


Jesus is for real

How on earth do we meet Jesus? That may seem like an odd question, but it is a critical one. When Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis talk about our call to be missionary disciples and emis­saries of the New Evangelization, they talk about one critical event: our need for a personal encounter with Jesus. […]


Work is part of God’s kingdom

Jesus never expected a stipend for speaking or collected a consultant’s fee. He never made — or stipulated — a minimum wage. He did, however, appreciate work and understood what labor meant to farmers, shepherds, sailors, fishermen, homemakers, seamstresses, and cooks. Although the work world has changed dramatically, it is obvious that certain values regarding […]


Is God punishing us, weather-wise?

Leonard Pitts Jr., is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who usu­ally focuses on topics related to race and contemporary culture. He trends very much to the left, and I have to admit that, although I periodically read his columns, I don’t always find their political bent helpful. One that he authored in the aftermath of Harvey […]


Can any war these days be just?

They used to call it saber rattling. Now we hear threats to blast and contaminate Guam or to un­leash “fire and fury.” Talk abounds about the importance of finding dip­lomatic solutions to international conflicts. Meanwhile, we live with nuclear warheads, missiles ready to launch, guerilla warfare, terror­ism, and threats of germ warfare and chemical warfare […]


Why retreats matter

As another school year rolls in, calendars for the next nine to 10 months grow populated with events. There are activities galore, as every parent and grandparent knows. Folks not entirely acquainted with Catholic customs may be surprised to find retreats for students, teachers, school staff, and principals highlighted on these agendas. For some, retreats […]


Racism IS a sin

In the aftermath of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virgin­ia, our bishop issued a statement which declares: “Racism is a sin and the idea that one race is supe­rior to another is sinful.” The statement is born of core American principles and Catholic teaching. When Thomas Jefferson penned “All men are created equal,” there were […]


What Mom, Dad, and Abuela sow

Sometimes data collection proves what we already know. We often hear grim (and true) statistics about the loss of youth and young adults to the practice of the faith. Often a rant follows about how the culture corrupts and corrodes. It’s easier to deal with the statistics if we can pin blame on something external. […]


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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate