August 20, 2018

All Essays

Boris’ Cow

I have a candidate for the Most Memorable Character column in the Readers’ Digest. I am talking about Boris, a Russian cab driver from my local company. He is one of the funniest and most charming drivers I have ever had. Several years ago, he asked...

Everyday Dirt

One of my favorite weeks of the year right now is the residency week for a spiritual direction program I am in. This program requires me to travel each June to the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, North Carolina. The 2018 week was a...

Our Catholic and Public Faith

This article explores the notion of a “private Catholic faith.” In the first instance, I wish to dispute that such a thing exists. In the second place, I wish to discuss the consequences that ensue from the privatization of our faith and what is at...

The Slow Path to Genuine Love

This is the title I would give to God’s lesson from the readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Eph 4:17, 20-24; Jn 6:24-35). It is the path on which He wishes to walk with us. For most women, perhaps the most agonizing...

Gratitude is the Key

One summer day a farmer took a truckload of wheat to the grain elevator at a nearby town; afterwards he went to a small restaurant for lunch. There happened to be a group of rowdy teenagers sitting a few tables over; they were demonstrating poor...

My Faith Has Been Weakened

I grew up thinking the Holy Catholic Church may have been something that it wasn’t.  I also understand that there is no such thing as a perfect institution or organization in today’s world, even the Catholic Church, but I had a respect for the...

The Roman Way into Eternity?

21st century America is witnessing an epidemic of suicides that seems to traverse all demographics. Their motives have historically been variegated. The recent rash of celebrities taking their own lives, such as comedian Robin Williams, fashion...

Living As a Eucharistic People

The most common, polite form of showing interest is expressed by the phrase: “How are you doing”? To which the most common answer, regardless of the real condition in which people find themselves is: “Fine.” Well, the readings for the 17th Sunday in...