Advent is Creeping Up on Us

In between buying a Thanksgiving turkey and hearing the nonstop Christmas music already invading the airwaves, Advent is quietly creeping up on us. It comes so quietly that it can get lost in the noise of the season. I’m a person who loves the noise of the season—the music, the decorations, the parties,...

Sleepless in Cincinnati

Thank God I have mild insomnia. Seems a strange thing for which to be thankful, right? But I am. Though I do what I can to keep the insomnia at bay, sooner or later there will come a night when sleep isn’t just elusive—it’s non-existent. And I’m grateful. It’s when I can be my most productive and,...

Holy, uh, dirt?

We’ve all heard of and likely often touched holy water and maybe even exclaimed “holy cow!” or “holy Toledo,” among other and less “holy” exclamations. But holy dirt? It was certainly a new one on me, until I had the distinct privilege and spiritually moving experience of being at the site of...

Thanksgiving Should Be Every Day!

Late last month my niece was involved in a terrible car accident. As a result, she is recuperating with three fractures in her left foot, a fracture in her right foot, a broken right ankle, two broken vertebrae, and facial burns and corneal abrasion from the airbag. We thank God she survived! I visited with...

Firsthand in Gaza

I got a nice surprise today—an email from a man I interviewed for St. Anthony Messenger a few years ago. Sami el-Yousef is from a Christian family that has lived in Jerusalem for generations. After spending some years in the United States, he like many emigrees, decided to move back to Jerusalem to help...

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