A Kaleidoscope of Catholics

Yesterday marked the official opening of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, one of the largest gatherings of Catholics in the United States today with over 25,000 people attending. (Youth Day, held on Thursday, draws over 15,000 young people for a day of music, prayer, workshops, and...

A golden run

The 2014 Winter Olympics are ending this week. Even though I’ve watched relatively few of the events, it’s been comforting to know that we’re in a moment of time when our connectivity with the rest of the world is highlighted for 10 days or so, through relatively peaceful means. The...

Merton Now, As Always

Wednesday, January 15, of this week would have been the 99th birthday of Thomas Merton. I’ve been immersed in Merton lately, mostly because Franciscan Media is publishing several books and audiobooks this coming Fall in preparation for the centennial of his birth in 2015. I couldn’t be in a...

Patient Waiting

On the first Sunday of Advent, I found myself in the express checkout line at the grocery store. The cashier rang up my items, put them in a bag, and handed me back my change, quickly and efficiently, then went on to the next person in line. Normally, what I do at that point is stuff the change and receipt...

Oh deer.

The other day, I heard gun shots off in the distance, just as dawn was rising. Hunting season has opened. Actually, it started back in October, with ducks and pheasants; bow and arrow hunting for deer is allowed in October, as well. Deer proliferate in this area, and they cause a lot of problems: from...

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