Do Not Be Afraid

Earlier this week, I was attending an event whose speaker was Archbishop Joseph Kurtz (Archdiocese of Louisville).  After speaking about popes and more specifically Pope Francis, there was a Q&A session filled with a variety of questions from the audience, some wanting to learn more about him, others...

“God Needs Me More”

It’s Holy Saturday. The Lenten season is coming to an end as we anticipate the beginning of the Easter season. Today is a day of sadness and joy, both intertwined: a day of mourning for the crucified Christ along with the expectation of his Resurrection. What to say about this? I didn’t know. That...

Sede Vacante

As of 2 p.m. EST on February 28, the seat of St. Peter has been vacated. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI left the Vatican via helicopter to Castel Gandolfo where, it is said, he will spend a couple months before “retiring” in a former monastery within the Vatican walls. Shortly after his arrival in Castel...

Free to Do His Will

I have been spending a lot of time while trying to fall asleep at night wondering about hypocrisies—not just other people’s, but especially from myself. I recently rediscovered the transcript of a sermon given back in 1993 from the late Bishop Carl Moeddel, while he was then pastor at my parish of St....

Two Stories: Common Ground on This Saturday

I would like to share two stories from two completely different perspectives, yet are able to find common ground on this particular Saturday, one day after the anniversary of Pearl Harbor and one day before the second Sunday of Advent. Yesterday, as I was “surfing” through the channels on TV, I noticed...

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