Is Jesus {and a Cell Phone} Kosher?

My son went to a school friend’s bat mitzvah service and celebration this past Saturday at Plum Street Temple in Cincinnati, a historic and holy place. My conundrum was whether to let him take his cell phone since his father and I were not attending. He needed the phone so we could know when to pick him up...

John Duns Scotus: His View of Christ

Was the sin of Adam and Eve the main reason Christ came to save the world? Not really, says Blessed John Duns Scotus, a Franciscan theologian of the 13th century. John Duns Scotus was born in Scotland in 1266 and educated at England’s Oxford University. He was ordained a priest in 1291. Scotus also studied...

Sailing on the Sea of Galilee

My new year of 2012 began as no other year in my life. I was privileged to join a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, sponsored by the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C. It is an American arm of the Franciscan mission to the holy places — not only in Israel, but elsewhere in the Middle...

A Warm Blanket of Love and Friendship

Last night I had dinner with a friend I had not seen in over a year. During that time We kept in touch through short emails and phone calls, but it wasn’t the same as spending time with her. When she walked into the restaurant and we sat down to talk, it was like we never were separated. We quickly...

Faith in Action

Let me preface this blog by saying I hate when my kids have group projects. I hate them because somehow it always seems that their projects somehow become my projects. That’s what happened last weekend when on Saturday night my 13-year-old daughter, Maddie, informed me that her and her group needed to...

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