Why such a catastrophe?

Super-typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8. It made its first landfall on a tiny island just off the coast of Samar. The storm then slammed Leyte and the islands of Biliran, Cebu, Negros, and Panay.  After the storm hit the Philippines, TV news and photos showed that this typhoon was a...

Welcome to Life, Beautiful Baby Boy

On October 14, right in the middle of the 40 Days for Life Campaign, a little boy was born in San Diego, Calif. His birth parents are a teen-aged couple who chose life for this child and offered him for adoption. His adoptive parents are my niece and her husband. I have been an advocate for life for many...

The $50 Miracle

It’s easy to forget how miraculous life is, but every so often something happens that’s such a perfect moment, there’s no doubt God had a hand in that precise circumstance. I generally don’t think God meddles in our minutiae—God really doesn’t help a baseball player hit a home...

Fasting and Praying for Peace

When Pope Francis issued his call for people to set aside September 7 to fast and pray for peace in Syria, I found myself tempted to dismiss it as a predictable and idealistic response to a disturbingly complex situation. I had to knock down a few cynical arguments in my head (“Right, because God...

But I Was Here First

Matthew’s parable of the Vineyard Workers (20:1-15) is hard to hear and even harder to preach about. It’s about the guy who hires workers at progressively later times, but everybody winds up getting the same pay. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? I flew home from Dallas early last Sunday morning because I...

Things You Say

A few weeks ago, some old friends rolled through town on their way to the Appalachian missions. You can see them in the featured image, left to right: Sister Pat Himmer, Sister Ann Redig, and Sister Marcan Freking—all Rochester Franciscans—accompanied by Glenmary Brother Dennis Craig. My wife, Cathy, and...

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