March 26, 2019

A Bag of Stones

When Pope Francis said early in his papacy who are we to judge in relation to homosexuality, he added a layer of complexity, not only to his public perception, but the Catholic Church as a whole. The...

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Jordan Peterson: Apostle or Genius?

Dr Jordan Peterson was once asked about abortion. After disclaiming that he had an answer good enough to reveal, the professor, psychologist, and best-selling author replied: ‘Abortion is clearly wrong. I don’t think anybody debates that. You...

Love That Bears Fruit

“For 3 years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none.” These words of disappointment might express God’s feelings looking at us and at our inner disposition.  Three years ago, when we heard the very same readings from...

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Remaining True to Our Vocation

A married couple, Ardith and Jerry, had many problems in their marriage, but were trying to work things out after being separated for over a year. During the separation Ardith had met a man named Bob, who lived in a city four hours away, and she...

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A Bag of Stones

When Pope Francis said early in his papacy who are we to judge in relation to homosexuality, he added a layer of complexity, not only to his public perception, but the Catholic Church as a whole. The Bible seems to underscore the plain meaning of...

Jordan Peterson: Apostle or Genius?

Dr Jordan Peterson was once asked about abortion. After disclaiming that he had an answer good enough to reveal, the professor, psychologist, and best-selling author replied: ‘Abortion is clearly wrong. I don’t think anybody debates that. You...

Love That Bears Fruit

“For 3 years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none.” These words of disappointment might express God’s feelings looking at us and at our inner disposition.  Three years ago, when we heard the very same readings from...

Charge It

The National debt clock moves so fast that it is impossible to write down the balance accurately at any given time. It rolls along at about $45.00 per second and is now at $22,028,706,063,174.96 (that’s trillion dollars). As much as this...

An Apathy of Faith

There was a poll run on all the major Catholic campuses some years ago on religious ignorance and apathy. Over 75% of the respondents said they did not know anything about apathy nor did they care! While this fictitious poll is just a joke, Catholic...

Dear God

A friend of mine in the Ignatian Associates has been telling me of late that she has been writing letters to God every day. Little did I know this idea was from Flannery O’Connor: “Dear God, In a way I got a good punishment for my lack of...

Restoring the Catholic Church

Recently, while dusting my bookcase, I noticed my copy of Malachi Martin’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church, published in 1981. I flipped through its underscored and annotated pages and realized that Martin’s observations seem even...

Entering the Supernatural “Zone”

There are feats and jaw-dropping acts that appear superhuman and unbelievable cases of pain endurance which seem to go beyond the most stoic human limits.  It could be slashing oneself with swords and knives, piercing the body with large hooks...