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Greg Maresca | Remnant Columnist

- Like Roe v. Wade did last year, this case will have a huge and lasting ripple effect regarding future taxation that should concern everyone.

Like the year it followed, 2023 was defined by a hefty dose of wokeism, inflation and polarized politics – expect more of the same, if not more, in 2024.

The horde of cards was as commonplace as ornaments and lights on the Christmas tree. They would arrive daily sans for Sunday at a half dozen a clip. Initially, it started as a trickle but once the calendar sunk deeper into December, the numbers grew. Many were from people I did not know. By the time Christmas arrived the avalanche of cards became part of our family’s Christmas décor – all in service to induce a sensation of good cheer throughout the Maresca abode. 

Those who attended Mass each Sunday at the Carmelite Monastery in Elysburg knew their time was running short.  For the past two years, the “For-Sale sign” had been standing guard prominently outside the monastery’s entrance as a vivid reminder of what awaited.

Having the opportunity to write a weekly column, I was ready for the first four – a month in column time – without trepidation.  Pursuing a weekly topic to write an 800-word essay after that was another story and something I would have to adjust to and quickly. My initial word limit inflation of 800, which had nothing in common with Bidenomics, was soon dropped to 700.  

MOUNT CARMEL – In an era where Catholic churches continue to consolidate or worse, close, there remains a segment of the faithful that is actually growing, albeit slowly.  This mustard seed growth is miraculous because it is happening in the midst of confusion and an ecclesiastical crisis running throughout the universal Church.

As Ohio was celebrating the enshrinement of abortion into their state constitution, Pennsylvania’s state legislature went about trying to create their own abortion haven.  The difference was at the state house in Harrisburg, their vote flew under the radar and just in time to welcome the Thanksgiving holiday. 

There she stood proudly sporting a high and tight haircut with a dyed dollop of blue on top to match the surgical mask she was wearing while celebrating Ohio’s election victory that enshrined abortion into their state constitution.  The throng alongside her whooping it up would have you wondering by just how much The Ohio State Buckeyes won college football’s national championship.  

When I first stepped onto the college quad, I was just another young man making his way surveying the lay of the land. For me, however, there were a few personal firsts playing out in real time that none of those aspiring collegians were privy to.

While addressing a South American youth gathering in 2015, Pope Francis defined his pontificate when he told them to go out and “make a mess.” And a mess is what he has emanating from the Vatican.