June 26, 2019

Tag - Hope

In Christ, We are Fully Alive

A Catholic priest in Texas named Father Paul served as a prison chaplain, and one year on Easter Sunday he said Mass for the Catholic inmates there. One of the prisoners there—we’ll call him Kevin—had been incarcerated for sixteen years, but was...

The Womb of My Catholic Imagination

The imagination is the eye of the soul. –Joseph Joubert I think Catholic writers have a distinct advantage over atheists or people of other faiths. This is true because the Catholic Church has a 2000-year history that transcends the material...

Our Reasons for Hope

Back in the 1870s, at a mental institution near Boston, a young girl known as “Little Annie” was locked up in a cage down in the basement. Not only was she partially blind as a result of an infection, but the doctors had declared her to be...

Real Men Have Chests

Ireland has experienced many chances since I first visited in 1991. Its entry into the European Union in 1973 unleashed a high tech prosperity that has given the country its 41st shade of green. It has not been without cost. Over the years, Irish...

We Are Driven by Hope

We are driven by hope. Whenever we pause to dwell on God’s Word, we open ourselves to the startling realization that our life as Christians, as disciples, is a life filled with paradoxes. Occasionally, we might even reach the conclusion that the...

The Gift of Light

The great hall was alive with the voices of millions of stars. Since the beginning of creation, this was the first time God had asked the stars to gather in one place. Many of them had their own ideas why God would call such a meeting. Some thought...

American Amnesia

Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that not only degenerates the body but also more tragically, erases a person’s life memories, daily functions and complete personality. Alzheimer’s dire affects are magnified exponentially when an entire nation...

A Message of Hope

Some years ago in Hollywood an actor in his mid-30s suddenly became very ill.  He went to his doctor for some tests, and when the results came back, the doctor told him very bluntly, “Your situation is desperate.  We’ve got to operate within 36...