The Red Wheelbarrow: An Image to Contemplate

A brief and simple poem by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), gives us an unusual image to delight in. In my previous E-spiration (www.americancatholic.org/e-News/FriarJack/newlayout.asp?id=53), I offered several short Scripture passages for readers to ponder or contemplate. In a similar way, I offer...

Thank You, Justin Bieber

Whenever I’m driving in the car with my kids, I feel like I spend a lot of time monitoring the songs on the radio for inappropriate messages or language. Sometimes it seems like a neverending job. And as a busy mom of four, that’s the last thing I need to be spending my time doing. That’s...

‘Slow Down, Buddy!’

When our daughter was small, we spent a lot of time playing in the front yard. We lived along a surprisingly busy country road which followed the bends and curves of a creek for seven of its 10 miles. Our home was located along the “straight” section. Many people made up time that they’d...

Did the Devil Make Him Do It?

Satan gets too much credit Marc and I saw “The Rite” last weekend. Curiosity and dread surfaced as we bought our tickets. Curiosity, because this movie was based on the experience of an actual exorcist priest, Fr. Gary Thomas, in Matt Baglio’s book “The Rite” (the audiobook is available here)....

Let your mind be blown

The world is full of amazing people. You get up, you battle traffic, you work all day, you head to the gym, you make dinner, you check Facebook, you go to bed. And somewhere in that daily routine, you can lose sight of the remarkable power of a person. Each individual component of your day has a way of...

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