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...

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...

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