Who Me? Angry?

I’ll never forget my response a few years back during a conversation with my spiritual director.  He said “You’re mad as heck about something and I don’t know what it is.”  Excuse me?  Anger?  Me??? I’m the mild-mannered one, the one who laughs things off.  I’m not angry—or am I? Those...

Have You Ever Been Fightin’ Mad?

I don’t consider myself an angry person. I doubt that many (if any) people who know me well would describe me as angry. Why then, would I read a book about practical solutions for conquering anger? Do you ever get mad? I do. It doesn’t define me or describe my personality, but there are times when I...

Laughter is Good for the Soul

A Sunday school teacher began her lesson with a question. “Boys and girls, what do we know about God?” A hand shot up in the air. “He is an artist!” said the kindergarten boy. “Really? How do you know?” asked the teacher. “You know… Our Father, who does art in...

Even If Morgan Freeman Played You in the Movie…

I have been a fan of Nelson Mandela since the 1980s, when he was nothing more to me than a lyric in a catchy dance tune. So I find no fault with those who are lining up to laud this incredible man and his legacy. One British journalist thinks you can’t go too far with praise for Mandela. Writing for...

Accepting God’s Word

In December, we celebrate Jesus’ birth, but that was possible only because Mary of Nazareth agreed to cooperate with God’s plan for the human family. Mary’s “May it be done to me according to [God’s] word” (Lk 1:38b) became her life’s connecting thread. Inspired by Mary’s example, Blessed...

The Life of a College Catholic

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. It’s not easy to be Catholic nowadays, especially not at a public...

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