Stop Yoking Around – A Homily for the 14th Sunday of the Year

We in the West live in a place and at a time in which almost every burden of manual labor has been eliminated. Not only that, but creature comforts abound. Everything from air conditioning to hair conditioning, from fast food to high speed internet, from to indoor plumbing to outdoor grilling, from instant computer downloads … Read more Stop Yoking Around – A Homily for the 14th Sunday of the Year

The triumph of Dullness

A platitude, widely circulated in my youth, held that “ideas have consequences.” It is true, after a fashion. It is especially true of stupid ideas. Already, half a century ago, in the universities I was determined to avoid (except their libraries, and interesting professors), it seemed to me that “Dullness” reigned. This is the goddess … Read more The triumph of Dullness

What To Do When Children Leave the Church

It’s a heartbreak for faithful Catholics parents when their children leave the Church. Even among families trying to do everything right, results are often mixed. Since we are one family in Christ, it is a situation that affects us all. For families suffering this heartache, here are insights from an author in that situation, a … Read more What To Do When Children Leave the Church

‘Coronavirus, Where is Thy Sting?’ — Why This Gripping Fear is Useless

As practical vigilance has given way to paralyzing anxiety, Christians must see things in light of the Resurrection and boldly proclaim Jesus Christ’s victory over death. . . . I ask those who support the continuation of the current shutdown to respect, rather than demonize, those of us who think that the balance is too … Read more ‘Coronavirus, Where is Thy Sting?’ — Why This Gripping Fear is Useless

Christmas Turns The World Upside Down: God’s Power Is Made Perfect In Our Weakness

Those of us of the Christian faith believe that Christmas Day represents the moment of God’s incarnation, when this broken world became his home. But it was not an entrance characterized by privilege, comfort, public celebration or self-glorification; it was marked instead by lowliness, obscurity, humility, fragility. … That could be said not just about … Read more Christmas Turns The World Upside Down: God’s Power Is Made Perfect In Our Weakness