Make It Beautiful

Recently I sang at a wedding for a young couple in my parish, an opportunity both thrilling and terrifying! It’s such an honor to be asked to do that. At the same time, you don’t want to be the person whose Peter Brady moment destroys anyone’s dream nuptials. I sang a total of six pieces...

Driving Into the Past

There are certain signposts of bygone eras, markers of, at least we’d like to think, simpler, less complicated times. Such relics include: rotary-dial telephones, glass milk bottles delivered daily by a milk truck, wringer washing machines, television “rabbit ears” antenna, transistor radios. An old,...

He Will Rise Again

The sweet creamy monstrosity once known as “Big Butter Jesus,” having melted in a lightning-induced inferno in June 2010, is proving true to its namesake: It will rise again. The Solid Rock Church of Monroe, Ohio, has commissioned a replacement statue with features worthy of Lee Majors—52 feet...

Franciscan Media Launches “Liberty + Vine”

We’re excited to announce the launch of Liberty + Vine, a new monthly digital magazine! Liberty + Vine’s tagline, “at the intersection of faith and life,” captures the essence of the magazine, which is designed to meet you wherever you might be on your personal spiritual path and offers inspiration...

Ode to Expression

In a world and a nation split on many issues, especially evident in an election year, it’s hard to find places where people come together from different creeds in a spirit of oneness. Little did I know that I would find it for several days during an international celebration of music. My wife and I were at...

Mother’s Day

A song from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof ” comes to mind every Mother’s Day. Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman, is growing insecure. So he asks his wife Golde, “Do you love me?” At first she is silent and seems preoccupied with her work. Then she suggests he must be worried about their daughters who...

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