Thanksgiving: Four Generations at Mass

Mass last Sunday was pretty extraordinary for a number of reasons.  It just wasn’t the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, but it was the beginning of Catholic Schools’ Week, the Sacrament of Baptism, and a 60th Wedding Anniversary celebration all wrapped up into the 11:00am Mass at St. James of the...

J.F. Powers: Revisiting His Forever Faultless Prose

One of my early intellectual heroes was an intimidatingly well-read Jesuit who taught me English in 1966 when I was a freshman in college. He urged me to read stories by J.F. Powers. (“F” stood for “Farl,” and Powers got regularly irked when well-meaning fans, certain it was a mistake, figured it had...

It’s All in Your Perspective!

Yesterday I looked out my home office window and noticed a stray German Shepherd walking down the street. I was sure it belonged to our neighbors, who operate a German Shepherd rescue out of their home. I grabbed my phone so I could call them and then I ran outside. When the dog saw me, he turned and came...

When Media Matters

One of my all time favorite shows is Les Miserables. I love the themes of sacrifice and redemption that run throughout the plot. It follows the struggles, sorrows and joys of a simple man throughout his life. He’s not necessarily a religious man, but spiritual themes resonate in this story.   This...

Giving Glory Back to God

Most of us who are Christian are well acquainted with the familiar prayer: “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.” This prayer is known as a doxology (from the Greek word doxa, meaning...

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