Family, St. Paul and Baseball!


I can’t imagine a better trio than these, can you?

This sums up this past weekend for us.  Glenn had a performance of “A Visit With St. Paul” in Astoria, Queens on Sunday (Oct. 18), so we decided to make a weekend of it.  We visited Glenn’s sister & brother-in-law, Barbara & Tom, on Friday night in Long Island, then headed to Brooklyn to hear a wonderful talk about God’s Love by Sr. Anne Shields, a Servant of God’s Love sister and member of Renewal Ministries.  This brought us back to Divine Mercy Parish, (with pastor Rev. Tom Vassilotti) where Glenn did “Visit” in Lent of 2014.

Among the many beautiful things that Sister Anne said, was her exhortation to pray for more faith.  She encouraged us to pray in gratitude every day for the faith we have… and to pray for more faith.  This latter part being so important since as she warned, our faith is going to be mightily tested in the years ahead.  Glenn and I have begun to take up this simple, yet significant practice.

After her talk, and since we were in the heart of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, we decided to visit Glenn’s grandparents’ old apartment on Lorimer St.  We recently returned from Ireland and England, where we visited our family and family graves (more in our next blog), so naturally, it made sense to visit important family places here at home.

On the way there, we passed the following window:

Let's Go Mets

It was fun to experience the excitement of a city rooting for its’ team!

As we walked down Lorimer St., Glenn became more excited, remembering his childhood visits from Long Island to see his paternal grandparents, Jim and Rose, in Greenpoint, where a toilet is a “turlet,” and large, hard-working families were the norm.  Jim and Rose would hardly recognize their old neighborhood now.  It has become “gentrified” and new fashionable bars and restaurants serve its young and prosperous residents.

Regardless, it was a fine opportunity to reminisce about family, whom we look forward to seeing in heaven one day.

Afterwards, we bought a sandwich for a man who was down on his luck – please pray for Darius – then ate at a diner where everyone was watching Game one of the National League Championship Series between the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs.

The next day, we spent time with our dear friend, Fr. John Amann. Then we headed into Astoria, Queens for Glenn’s 101st performance of St. Paul – sorry, no dalmatians allowed!  Frank Miller of Our Lady of Mount Carmel contacted us several years ago and in God’s timing, “Visit” helped kick off Mount Carmel’s 175th Anniversary celebration.  It’s the oldest church in Queens, indeed on all of Long Island!

Neida Martinez did wonderful publicity for the performance and we were pleased to meet their pastor, Monsignor Sean Ogle, who stayed for the performance, laughing at Glenn’s quip (after reciting 1 Corinthians 13), “Feel free to use that in a wedding, if you know anyone getting married.”  After the performance, he told Glenn that he found the script and the dramatization both, “illuminating.”

Frank Miller, Neida Martinez, "St. Paul" and Mons. Ogle
Frank Miller, Neida Martinez, “St. Paul” and Mons. Ogle

Glenn added a new story to the last third of the performance, but we won’t spoil it for you here.  You can come see it in person… for upcoming performances, go here.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel was a warm and welcoming parish.  We meet the most wonderful people in our travels; it’s just hard to say “goodbye” after.

We drove back to Brooklyn where we were staying, apprehensive that we might encounter a traffic snarl from Game two of the Mets series.  Fortunately, as the stadium lights illuminated the dark night for miles around, the game was only in the sixth inning.  So all Mets fans sat either securely in their stadium seats or were home in front of their TV’s, as we passed quickly by on the Grand Central Parkway.

-Maeve Smith

Please see the 40 Days for Life report, to read the report of the save we witnessed at an abortion clinic in London, England.

Note; when you go the site, find “Day 25″ in their archives to see our photo and the story of the mother who changed her mind and chose life for her baby.




The Battle of Prayer & St. Ignatius

You haven’t heard from us in almost two months, but when we promised that our blogs would be infrequent, we meant it.  In addition to two trips this summer to New Hampshire (the White Mountains, a great spot!) and Vermont respectively, we have been hard at work on the seventh draft of our script.  If our story makes people laugh as well as cry, then the truth we’re trying to convey will more likely reach their hearts.

When it’s ready, we’ll re-submit the draft to the producer in California, who has expressed a strong interest in it.  We don’t know if his studio will be the one that eventually produces the movie.  Only time… and the Good Lord will tell.   Please pray for this, won’t you?  This project has been twelve years in the making, and we pray that now may finally be the time of reckoning.


Last month, a friend of ours from Michigan, emailed us a reflection he had written, which we found as wise as it is inspirational.  In the hope that you have the same reaction, and with his permission, we present Joe Campbell, our guest blogger for today;

St Ignatius of Loyola                                                                        —   by  Rubens

 ” On Sunday I was kneeling before the Lord in the adoration chapel.   A New Testament commentary on Revelations was in my pew.  The book looked attractive to me but I felt the Lord said to me:  “Think about relationship, not this commentary”.   So I began to ponder the word relationship.  Immediately I was reminded of Ignatius Loyola whose teachings I have been studying in three books by Fr. Timothy Gallagher (go here, for his podcast series).  I was struck that relationship summarizes in one word what Ignatius sought to teach us.  Ignatius teachings point to his goal, namely, our relationship with the Lord.   All that we can think and say and do Ignatius would remind us needs to be done as consciously as possible for the Lord.

“In the Sunday gospel of August 23rd, speaking to his apostles, Jesus says: “Will you also leave me?  Peter responds with: “To whom shall we go?”(John 6:68)  Both Jesus’ question and Peter’s response is about their relationship.  I am a disciple of Jesus not because I know what he teaches, however important his teachings are.  I am his true disciple if I am nurturing a relationship with him.  At one point in his teachings Ignatius says: “it is not much knowing that fills and satisfies the soul, but rather the feeling and tasting of things interiorly.”  Notice Ignatius does not focus upon Christ’s teachings but rather on our relationship with Jesus.  The feelings and things we taste interiorly are the fruit of our relationship with Jesus.

“How do we come to recognize these interior movements?  The key is for us to work at resisting our habit of being focused upon exterior things.  As we work at being attentive to our interior life, we begin to discover and become attracted to “the feeling and tasting of things interiorly”.  This discovery is the door to developing our relationship with Jesus.  Without developing this relationship our discipleship becomes like the Pharisees ‘dedication’ to God.  As God, in Christ, spoke to the pharisees they did not recognize him.  In fact, they plotted and succeeded in killing Jesus.  Yet the Pharisees were very knowledgeable in the Law.  They heard Jesus voice but didn’t recognize him.  Why?  Because they did not have a relationship with God who they claimed to serve.

“As we become aware of the movement of the Spirit in our heart, we can’t resist loving him.  His movement in our heart is a movement of love that compels us to respond in love.  Then why is it that so often we don’t discover this movement of love in our heart?  Ignatius spends a lot of time teaching us how to discover God’s movement of love in our heart.  But all the teaching in the world by Ignatius or anyone else will not work if we don’t do “much examination” of what is going on in our heart, that is, becoming an interior person.  In addition to the Lord’s loving movement there is also the movement of the evil one who is at work attempting to destroy our relationship with God.  We cannot recognize the good spirit’s loving movement in our heart unless we identify and resist the movement of the evil one in our heart.

“The first and foremost battlefield for all of us is not in the outside world, but the internal world we discover in our heart.  A standard method of the evil one to undermine our relationship with the Lord is to distract us with focusing upon the evils in the world in order to stir up anxiety in us which, if embraced, will distract us from the necessary challenge of addressing the battle within our own heart.”

 -Joe Campbell can be reached at
Glenn’s Note; To read more about the “battle” that Joe refers to, see the Catholic Catechism,  P.  2725-45, “The Battle Of Prayer. The whole section on prayer, Part Four, will serve as an excellent introduction, as well as an ongoing guide for your interior life.