Encountering Jesus Key to Living Mercy

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice continuing my thoughts on mercy. “In my column last month, I shared some thoughts on the meaning of mercy. I’d like to continue my reflections on mercy based on the pastoral priorities Archbishop Lucas has given us, expressed in the phrase ‘One church, encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, living mercy.’ … Read more

The Father Provides Our Model for Mercy

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on mercy. “Some time ago, readers may recall the listening sessions which Archbishop George J. Lucas held around the archdiocese to elicit comments about pastoral priorities for the future. The archbishop’s vision for the near future of the archdiocese is that we work together to support ‘One church, encountering … Read more

Listening: A Gift We Can Give Others in Our Journey Through Advent

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on Advent and listening to others in pain. “As every year comes to a close, we often look back at some of those who have passed away. This year includes the loss of Harper Lee, Prince, Muhammad Ali, John McLaughlin, Leonard Cohen and, in July, Elie Wiesel. Wiesel was … Read more

Fidelity to Christ Transcends Politics

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on looking past this election. “The election is upon us, and if the news reports and my own experience are accurate, the vast majority of us will be glad when it is over. I am not exaggerating when I say this has been the worst election cycle I have ever … Read more

“Merciful Like the Father” What is the Jubilee of Mercy?

Here is a piece I wrote on the Year of Mercy for The Catholic Answer, the magazine for Our Sunday Visitor. The Holy Father really has some beautiful thoughts on which we should reflect. “In the papal bull of indiction Misericordiae Vultus (“The Face of Mercy”), Pope Francis announced the jubilee year, but also invites us to … Read more

St. Teresa Benedicta: Patron of Culture

Today is the feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, also known as Edith Stein. The broader strokes of her life story are relatively well known. She was born in 1891 into a devout Jewish family in then-Germany now Breslau, Poland. A bright young woman with a keen interest in the truth, she pursued … Read more

Social Teaching of Church Rooted in Each Person’s Call to Salvation

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on the importance of keeping Christ at the center of any work and talk about Catholic Social Teaching. “This column comes out just as the holiest days of the year are upon us: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. These days are not just special; they are sacred.”… Charity in Truth … Read more

Book Brings Focus to Acts of Love

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on the wisdom of Servant of God Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan. “It is February and in a short time we will find ourselves in the midst of Lent, a season for exploring what is vital about Jesus and our relationship with him. In preparation for this season, I have been inspired … Read more

A Note About the Growing Confusion & Church Teaching

A friend brought to my attention a piece by the well-respected Dr. William Oddie, which can be found here. Its title, “Is there Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?”, is perfect because there clearly is. What has surprised me is that the confusion seems to be on the part of Oddie and the rest who have defended … Read more

It May Be Irrational, But It’s Human

I begin with this piece on an experiment on “magical thinking.” Rationalists, always so optimistic about how rational human beings want to be, were rather surprised to discover just how irrational modern men can be. A pair of psychologists from Yale University, Newman and Bloom, decided to publish a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of … Read more

Lest the Cross Be Emptied of Its Power

While working on some other project I was skimming through Pope St. John Paul II’s wonderful work Veritatis splendor. The words “the cross” caught my eye, and I started reading. It made me consider something about these days of Holy Week and the Triduum. Many years ago I read the fine book by Steven Mosher … Read more

Mary, Mother of God

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It is the Octave of Christmas, the eighth day. It is hard to believe having a better sense of Christmas this year. My own family was blessed with the birth of a boy just a couple weeks before the coming of the Christ Child. Holding the … Read more

“The Urging of Christ’s Love” Now for Sale

  Here it is: my first book The Urging of Christ’s Love: The Saints and the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church is now available for purchase. I need to thank Kris McGregor of DiscerningHearts.com for all her work and encouragement in making this possible. Without her, this would never have happened. Thanks too to my … Read more

Life, Dignity and Disability

The audio of my presentation on Saint Germaine Cousin of Pibrac is now available for purchase from St. Joseph Media. You can by the CD’s which include all the other speakers from the Respect Life Conference put on by the Nebraska Catholic Conference and Human Life International. Go here to get your copy and to … Read more

Reclaiming a Sense of the Faith

Here’s my piece at The Catholic Answer on the New Evangelization.