July 19, 2019

A Stygian Lifeboat

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most memorial films was his 1944 classic, Lifeboat, which depicted eight survivors adrift in a boat after their ship had been sunk by a Nazi submarine. Their story is one of courage, self-sacrifice, and Christian charity in...

Our Biased News

If you spend any time reading the news today, it is easy to get frustrated over what I call partial news, incomplete news, slanted/bias news, and just plain garbage news. So much of what we read today is either incomplete or so slanted that it is...

Do You Know Jean Vanier?

Jean Vanier and a priest named Father Thomas Philippe were friends. In 1964, through this friendship, Jean Vanier became aware of the plight of thousands of people with developmental disabilities who were institutionalized. Vanier invited two of...

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A Stygian Lifeboat

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most memorial films was his 1944 classic, Lifeboat, which depicted eight survivors adrift in a boat after their ship had been sunk by a Nazi submarine. Their story is one of courage, self-sacrifice, and Christian charity in...

Our Biased News

If you spend any time reading the news today, it is easy to get frustrated over what I call partial news, incomplete news, slanted/bias news, and just plain garbage news. So much of what we read today is either incomplete or so slanted that it is...

Do You Know Jean Vanier?

Jean Vanier and a priest named Father Thomas Philippe were friends. In 1964, through this friendship, Jean Vanier became aware of the plight of thousands of people with developmental disabilities who were institutionalized. Vanier invited two of...

Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

After the first couple of lines of our Gospel passage for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Luke 10:25-37), our spontaneous reaction might be: “Oh, yes! I know this story very well.” This unwise reaction would keep these familiar words of life...

Walking the Talk

Like most Catholics, I’ve lulled myself into thinking that I’m doing pretty good: Mass on weekends, daily Breviary, contemplative prayer… until I had a rude awakening. During a recent residency week in a spiritual direction formation program I...

Strength In Numbers

The United States has always been allied with other nations throughout our long history. Both countries and individuals have willingly offered both national and personal assistance not only to America as a nation, but to America as an idea...

One Less Bell

The song, One Less Bell to Answer, was written in 1967 by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. In 1970, it was recorded and included on the debut album of the group The Fifth Dimension. That year, the catchy tune made its way to the #2 spot on the...

Our Spiritual Laziness

At first glance it almost seems Jesus was being a bit harsh or unsympathetic to the man who said to Him, “Let me go first and bury my father.” What the Gospel doesn’t tell us, however, is that the man’s father probably wasn’t anywhere close to...