Dan Valenti's Mercy Journal

Off the Eye Chart

The first time I became aware that I needed glasses came in eighth grade. I remember the day vividly. I had just made Union Federal, a team in the Pittsfield (Mass.) Babe Ruth League. At our first practice, the outfielders assembled in left field at Clapp Park, waiting for assistant coach Fran Reardon to hit us fly balls.

Thousands Pack Eden Hill for Encuentro Latino

The rain showers that began the morning of Encuentro Latino were "tears of joy from Jesus and Mary" for the gathering of pilgrims celebrating Hispanic heritage, Divine Mercy, and The feast of the Queenship of Mary. So said a pilgrim as she stepped off one of the nearly 70 busses that made their way to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy on Saturday, Aug. 22. In all, more than 4,000 pilgrims attended.


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