I came across an essay in The Guardian the other day that piqued my interest. The Guardian is a British newspaper that identifies itself with “social liberalism.” The essay was entitled “News Is Bad for You” and it was written by Rolf Dobelli, who is described in Wikipedia as a “Swiss novelist, thinker, entrepreneur, and student of the social […]
When we hear the word Incarnation, many of us probably think: That’s the moment Mary conceived Jesus in her womb. This leads us to think of the Incarnation as an event that happened once, over 2,000 years ago, in a country far away from most of us. God became a human being, lived, taught, died, […]
Here I am on a Sunday afternoon sitting in the bleachers next to Cody, my grandnephew, a sixth grader. We are watching his fifth grade brother, Drew, play basketball.
Pope Francis has declared 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life. Consecrated Life essentially includes individuals who have professed the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. They can be priests, sisters (nuns), or brothers. To mark this year, I will write a few posts on several aspects of consecrated life. I begin today with a rather […]
Every Christmas I recall a certain school crossing guard I saw years ago when I was living in Detroit, Michigan. I never met her personally, but I saw her almost every day as she ushered the children safely across the street at a local Catholic elementary school. I remember in particular an incident that occurred about […]
Traditionally the main figures for the season of Advent include Mary, Joseph, and John the Baptist. I’ve written about Mary several times on this blog. And last Advent I wrote about St. Joseph. (You can find it by typing St. Joseph under search in the lower right.) This year I’d like to say a few […]
It’s winter where I live. Already we’ve had some substantial snows. Whenever I walk through snow or gaze at mounds of snow piled high near driveways and parking lots, I always remember: “It’s nothing more than flakes! Millions and millions and millions of tiny, little snowflakes!”
Several weeks ago I drove to Our Lady of the Pines retreat center in Fremont, Ohio to give a talk. Before I left, I googled the directions and saw that the center was about 120 miles from me via the Ohio Turnpike. I had no problem with the directions until I got into Fremont itself. […]
I was touring Arches National Park in Utah several years ago with some friends. Everywhere we looked we saw incredible rock formations: graceful arches, soaring spires, towering pinnacles, each one clamoring for our attention, each one eliciting our awe.