Tag: Catholic Life

Catholic Pride

I first encountered the term, Catholic Pride, in two articles on the Benedictine College graduation exercise presented by Harrison Butker, the placekicker on the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. When I finally got a chance to read...

My 10 Favorite Catholic Books of All Time

[#1] Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment Not necessarily Catholic but Christian nonetheless. Plus, hardly a grand epic which you might expect, this is rather a murder mystery with the protagonist committing the murder[s] in chapter one...

Practicing What We Preach

Twenty-six years ago, I visited the Temple’s Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. There I witnessed a disturbing sight; it was a roadshow of sort. Some very devout Jews tried their best to draw everyone’s attention as they, with the help of their attendants...

Would You Let Them Drink Poison?

In a recent Sunday Gospel reading, Jesus reminded us that the gate into heaven is a narrow one. (Luke 13) The reading made me uncomfortable. The Church tells us that sin requires an element of knowing that we are doing it. The Gospels this summer...

When the President Met the Pope

On November 1, All Saints Day, the Catholic News Service reported on President Biden’s visit with Pope Francis. I’ll begin with a background note, then examine what the participants said about the meeting, and, finally, consider what message it sent...

What It Means to Be Catholic

Why do people travel long distances; endure discomforts and inconveniences just to be together as a family around the same table like on Thanksgiving Day or on Christmas Day? At times, a meal is much more than a meal; and also, a meal can turn a...

A Jesuit Magazine’s Disrespect of the Dead

The death of Rush Limbaugh on February 17, 2021 was reported around the world. The headlines in mainstream publications were generally objective. For example, USA Today: “’A true American legend’: Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, more mourn...