Tradition and Celebration for the Holidays

It’s that time again, a time when family and tradition come together to celebrate Thanksgiving and the Advent season.  I look forward to it, because it is a celebration. And like any celebration it involves a lot of thought, work, and, for me, a sense of real joy. This year for Thanksgiving I did not cook...

Psalm 36

The first 10 verses of this psalm are a meditation.  The author observes both the wicked and the good.  He considers their relationship to God. Sin gets into the heart of the wicked and drives God out of their lives.  They have no fear (or reverence) for God.  God means nothing to them.  Far from...

When Prayer Becomes God’s Joke

I purposely don’t have a clock in the room where I pray. When I did, I kept looking at it, convinced it had stopped. “This has to be over soon,” was the none-too-pious thought that passed through my restless brain all the time. Now I set my iPhone’s time to go off when the time is over, and I rarely...

A Tribute to Redheads

Have you ever noticed that redheads often have strong—and sometimes funny—personalities? I enjoyed watching Carol Burnett receive the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor on PBS last night. I needed a laugh, and the show delivered. Carol’s red hair and the tribute paid to her by Lucie Arnaz,...

The Life of a College Catholic

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. It’s not easy to be Catholic nowadays, especially not at a public...

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