July 19, 2019

Tag - Catholic Life

Meat on Fridays?

I am a proud carnivore. I often show my cuspid teeth to my vegan buddy as a reminder to him that our genetics created these to rip and tear meat. In addition, not being a fan of the greens he eats, I offer to save him my lawn clippings each summer...

Our Shrinking Reality

I live in a small town in New Jersey where things have not been going so well for our parish or the surrounding diocese. We have struggled to maintain two priests at our parish. Our pastor, now approaching 75 years of age, has appealed numerous...

Cultivating a Catholic Culture

Ours is a world over which technology and pop culture are constantly swaying dominance, especially in society. The concrete jungle, being built ever higher and more expansive, allows the bombardment of media and entertainment to reach us with ease...

Restoring the Catholic Church

Recently, while dusting my bookcase, I noticed my copy of Malachi Martin’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church, published in 1981. I flipped through its underscored and annotated pages and realized that Martin’s observations seem even...

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...

Saving a Church

All of us are aware of the closings of Catholic churches around the country. There are four main reasons why this tragedy has occurred. Sometimes a church will close because the neighborhood has changed dramatically, forcing many parishioners to...

Coming to a Parish Near You?

It seems as if it does not affect your parish then there is no reason to be concerned. Except when it is yours. My parish, St. Patrick’s in Chatham, New Jersey, motored along for years not too concerned about the conditions affecting the...

Empty Pews

I hope I am not the only one concerned about the paucity of pews that are are occupied during Saturday and Sunday Masses of obligation. I keep wondering where have all the faithful Catholics gone. At one time I thought after a Saturday Vigil Mass...

Practicing What We Preach

It is useful to start by recalling the incident in which an expert of the law asked Jesus about the greatest commandment; and how Jesus answered by pointing out that there were actually two: “to love our God with our total self and to love our...

Life by the Numbers

Sabermetrics is defined as the science of numbers applied to baseball to determine the relative monetary and athletic relevancy of everyone who has played or is trying to play the game professionally. This new baseball numerical science is the...