Sounding Off on Clergy Sex Abuse

I work really hard to keep my Irish temper in check, really I do. But there are some things that just make that really hard sometimes. This is one of them. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I have spent every month for 9 years covering the fallout of the clergy sex-abuse crisis for St. Anthony...

A Look at Psalm 6

Psalm 6 is the first of what are called “the seven penitential psalms” (see below for the other six).  The psalmist never tells what he had done wrong, but obviously fears (at least for a time) God’s punishment.  In fact, unless God returns to him, he fears he will die.  Until late in Old Testament...

Who’s Sorry Now?

My God is not the Flying Spaghetti Monster. My God is Love. He is Who is. He is the Creator who gives me life and lets me make choices and wants what’s best for me, the way any loving parent would. He is not someone who intervenes in minutiae, nor is He someone I made up to explain mysteries of the...

Why I Love Being Catholic

I really do love being Catholic, though that wasn’t always the case. Growing up in the southern United States, I was a minority among the Protestants, especially in the rural town of Statesboro, Georgia, where I went to college. I’m ashamed to admit that one day a professor asked my class if anyone was...

My Three Favorite Words

I have a confession to make. I have a love/hate relationship with the sacrament of Reconciliation. When I prepare to receive this sacrament I get physically queasy. I think of excuses not to go. I’d rather do just about anything than confess my sins. I am frustrated by my list—maybe if I had...

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