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...

How to Talk Wookie

What do hobbits, angels, and wizards have in common? What might it sound like if a Wookie from Star Wars had a conversation with a Catholic? How can superheroes help you discover your vocation? You can find the answers to these questions in Fr. Roderick Vonhogen’s book, Geekpriest: Confessions of a New...

Why I Like Pope Francis

There’s been a lot of press about the interview Fr. Antonio Spardano, SJ, conducted with Pope Francis this past August, which was published in its English translation last week in America magazine. It’s a powerful interview for many reasons. The pope talked about women in the Church, abortion...

Speaking in Tongues

I read an article in the New York Times last week titled “Why We Talk in Tongues,” written by T.M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University. The author had traveled to Accra, Ghana, to study the charismatic Christian churches becoming popular in that part of the world, and there she...

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