Monthly Archives: January 2009

posticon Death of a Friend by John Cali

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Last week an old and dear friend from my childhood died. I celebrated.

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I realize that may sound cold and callous to some folks, perhaps even to some of you reading this. But I actually did celebrate after my sister told me of my friend’s death.

To explain, let me go back to days long past.

I’ve known Joe most of my life, over fifty years now. Though he was much older than me, when I became an adult we grew very close.… Read more

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posticon The Sense of Sin by John Cali

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As a former Roman Catholic from a large Italian family, still mostly Catholic, I read with great interest a recent Washington Post article on the Vatican.

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The Vatican recently decided to go public with one of its most secret tribunals, the 800-year-old Apostolic Penitentiary. This tribunal handles cases of sin the church considers so grave only the pope can grant absolution.

It seems Catholics the world over, including mainly Catholic Italy, the Vatican’s home turf, are increasingly ignoring the sacrament of penance.… Read more

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posticon You Always Get What You Ask For Unless . . . . by John Cali

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Late last Saturday afternoon I was driving out to my brother’s ranch to have dinner and spend the evening with him, his wife, and some close friends.

It was a beautiful early winter day with a clear blue sky, a few puffy white clouds, and freshly fallen snow sparkling in the rugged mountains all around.


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It’s over an hour-long, 40-mile drive on a narrow winding mountain road from Cody, Wyoming (USA) where I live. To me it’s one of the most beautiful roads on the planet.… Read more

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