I Could Have Been Blind

Do you know anyone who suffered a detached retina? I had that surprise in mid-August. I was driving home after a gathering with some of my grade school classmates. Suddenly I realized that my vision in my left eye was not normal. I could not see my gas gauge or any of my dashboard. There was just a black...

Magazine in the Making

On our way to the U.S. Catholic bishops annual assembly in Baltimore, St. Anthony Messenger(SAM) editor Susan Hines Brigger and I took a detour to Annapolis, Maryland, to conduct an interview for St. Anthony Messenger. We rented a car and went to Therese Borchard’s home. It’ll be a good “SAM” story:...

Life of a Working Mom

I’m sitting in the press room for the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, Maryland. Hundreds of miles away my five-year-old daughter is lying in her bed, sick with the croup. The last time she had croup we ended up in the emergency room. Somehow I knew this would...

No Place for the Weary

In 2009’s Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges won a well-deserved Oscar for playing Bad Blake, an aging country singer, failed father, drunk and poet. The film’s theme song, “The Weary Kind,” is playing in my office as I write this. Piercing the gravel-laden and unforgettable delivery of Ryan Bingham’s voice...

On Not Being Busybodies

November 14th is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel reading, Luke 21:9-5, is one of those passages often misread as a blueprint for the end of the world, a fortune-teller’s description of what will happen before the last days. It’s a mistake to read this Gospel as Jesus predicting a particular...

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