September 15, 2019

All Essays

Where Are We Going?

One of the most famous and influential justices of the U. S. Supreme Court was Oliver Wendell Holmes, who served on the Court for thirty years at the beginning of the 20th century. He was known for his brilliant mind—and also for being rather absent...

The Nearsighted Shepherd

A Cautionary Fable Once upon a time, there was a nearsighted shepherd who mistook another flock for his own and began tending them. That flock’s shepherd at first felt offended, but then realized that if the other shepherd did his work, he...

The Problem with Wide Gates

A careful reading of the Gospels reveals the utter amazement of the crowds over the fact that Jesus taught with authority and convincing force. Apparently, they were accustomed to hearing nice, soothing words of reassurance, compromises and watered...

Hail His Tabernacle

One of the most beautiful Marian prayers, which really touches my heart whenever I pray it, is that of St. Francis of Assisi: A Salutation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In one of his salutations, the Poverello salutes Mary with the following...

The New Normalcy

Thanks to Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice-President, Joe Biden, the word normalcy has enjoyed a new currency as politics turns more to semantics to attract voters and additional donors. While the correct noun form of the word...

The Best Doctor in the World

In a world where so many are seeking healings, Catholics have the greatest physician constantly available to them.  You don’t even need an appointment as He always reside in the tabernacle of your local Catholic Church.  Many parishes...

The Pain of Separations

After listening to the readings for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, it is hard to say: “thanks be to God” or “praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.” For each deals with pain and anguish: death, fire, baptism in the sense of a plunging into the...

Heavenly News

Many follow news bulletins on various tv and radio stations. Others flock to news blogs to have access to the latest current events. It is the technological age we are living in where reality is...

Pray the Psalms

I like to blame my public school upbringing for many of my Catholic deficiencies. Yes, it is a weak excuse for my lax efforts, but nevertheless it is what comes to mind when I think about how little I know about the Psalms. Growing up, the Psalms...

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