Happy Easter!

As I was tucking my two-year-old daughter into bed last night, I said “Good night, Ellie. I love you.” And to my surprise, she said “Good night. Love you, too. Happy Easter.”  At first, I thought it was cute that she was still saying “Happy Easter” so long after we had celebrated Easter. Then, I...

Health Care

Recently I attended a seminar sponsored by our health insurance provider. The seminar presented statistical data to demonstrate that our American lifestyle is the principal reason for poor health and high health care costs. The speaker, Steven Aldana, pointed out that “there is a huge gap between what is...

For God, Country and Family

I have loved Memorial Day weekend since I was a little kid. The annual national holiday to commemorate the sacrifices of deceased military and veterans that grew over decades to honor living military and other deceased loved ones was always one of the happiest holidays of my childhood. Dad and Mom made a big...

Why so serious?

Perhaps no faith community knows how to party like the Catholics do. Church festivals! Fish fries! Bingo! Open-bar weddings attended by 45 different branches of cousins you never knew you had! That’s all part of the package that makes up this tradition of ours.   Yet, so often in the day-to-day...

When Is It Going to End?

Last Thursday I began to read the John Jay report over lunch. It had been released by the US Bishops the previous afternoon. The soundbite that got the most coverage, of course, was often summed up as “the ‘60s made them do it.” The report itself is far more interesting and informative than either the...

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