June 20, 2020
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An Old Conversation

The year was 1952. Our family had just come from Mass and a small celebration at the local parish, St. Martin De Porres in Detroit. It was a Mass in honor of the celebration of my grandparent’s 68th wedding anniversary. I was 11 years old and I sat...

Storm Warning

There is a storm brewing within the pro-life community, and it is imperative that this community re-think its position when it comes to what constitutes a “pro-life” political candidate. The first storm warning has occurred in Ohio. U.S. Senator Rob...

Family: A Gift of Sanctifying Grace

The family is in the eye of a menacing storm. But it is a storm limited to our secularized western world. If we were to assign to children in Asia or Africa the task of drawing the picture of a family, you could bet that all children would draw the...

A Simpler Time and Place

I can remember when my grandfather retired. For years, he had worked beyond the time permitted by his employer but the courthouse in his home town had burnt down and with it all the records were lost. His employer, Budd Wheel, had to accept his...

On What’s Important

Many years ago, a colleague sat me down for a “wisdom” conversation. For more than an hour, he shared the story of his family and career. Then in his late fifties, he was filled with regret because of foolish choices, incomplete...

Living Simply

In February 2014, actor Ralph Waite passed into eternal life. For those of you unfamiliar with Waite, he was a husband, father, Marine, social worker, ordained Presbyterian minister, and religion editor at Harper & Rowe. But for those who tuned...

These Are Difficult Times For Committed Christians

These Are Difficult Times For Committed Christians

Legend states that when the Holy Family hurried into the Sinai Peninsula after fleeing from Bethlehem, they were pursued by some of King Herod’s men.  As the soldiers drew near, Joseph and Mary spotted a cave, and quickly hid there with the infant...

Our Changing Holy Families

Our Changing Holy Families

This week, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. As I ponder this celebration, I reflect on how much the concept of family has evolved over the years. In my grandparents’ generation, most Catholic families had...