July 22, 2018

The Lord our Justice

The Prophet Jeremiah (23:1-6) introduces God’s new order by announcing to us an unusual title for Jesus: “The Lord our Justice.” Now, such a title has nothing to do with Jesus’ fairness as judge or about meting out of reward or punishment for...

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May Peace Be Yours

Once there were two monks, one old and one young, who were traveling on a pilgrimage. While on their journey, they came to a river. There they saw a beautiful woman who was just standing by the side of the river. She was dressed in a beautiful gown...

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Trusting Jesus

During the Vietnam War, an American soldier was severely wounded, but miraculously recovered, and from his hospital bed he wrote a very moving letter. He said, “From the split second I was hit, I was completely alone. . . . I was hurt real bad; a...

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An Alternate Reality

I often wonder about the mental health of people on the left. Now I am not a psychologist, let alone a psychiatrist. I seem to get in trouble every time I try to use such terminology in my writings. For example, in an article for the St. Louis...

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A Special Priest: Fr. Vincent Capodanno

He didn’t have to be there, not in that place and at that time. But there he was. He could have been back at the base in Da Nang, waiting for the soldiers to return, and no one would have given it a second thought. But he chose to be with the men...

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The Lord our Justice

The Prophet Jeremiah (23:1-6) introduces God’s new order by announcing to us an unusual title for Jesus: “The Lord our Justice.” Now, such a title has nothing to do with Jesus’ fairness as judge or about meting out of reward or punishment for...

May Peace Be Yours

Once there were two monks, one old and one young, who were traveling on a pilgrimage. While on their journey, they came to a river. There they saw a beautiful woman who was just standing by the side of the river. She was dressed in a beautiful gown...

Trusting Jesus

During the Vietnam War, an American soldier was severely wounded, but miraculously recovered, and from his hospital bed he wrote a very moving letter. He said, “From the split second I was hit, I was completely alone. . . . I was hurt real bad; a...

We are Blessed, Called, and Sent

A month following my ordination, I was in Chicago and had completed a day of meetings. Having boarded at Union Station, the train began to roll into its six-hour journey back to Michigan. After a couple of hours on the rails, however, I noticed that...

Get a Life!

We all must have heard the phrase, popular years ago: “get a life!” It was said to people who were reclusive; who did not like to or could not socialize; had few or no friends and who were virtually unknown. In that context, acquaintances, friends...

The Paradox of Milo Yiannopoulos

In October 2017, Church Militant published America magazine’s interview with Milo Yiannopoulos after the latter’s refusal to print it. It isn’t hard to see why they wanted to distance themselves from him. Milo is a walking contradiction, not least...

Facing the Weekly Reality

The front door to the church is difficult to open. It sticks and needs repair. I have to keep in mind that the church is over 100 years old. As I enter my local parish, the church is dark. Not all the lights are on as it is too expensive. The pews...

We Are Called to Be Prophets

Whenever we are hit very hard by life’s unexpected tragedies or even by the repeated grind and drudgery of daily living, we might be tempted to disown our humanness, to consider it a painful burden from which we should, somehow, be relieved. The...