Boys Will Be Boys

My grandfather on my mother’s side had often entertained holiday tables with stories of his youth taking place in 1930’s Chester that were never without a mix of childlike innocence and boyish impishness. And many of those adventures may have included the confectionary concoction of a boy using his penknife to cut a small sliver […]

Liberalism’s Crisis Point and the Church’s Response

I just read about an app called Designed to be a hub for aspiring performers to share their talents with others, it also serves as a playground for perverts, a soundboard for hatred and caustic humor, and a place where children display evidence of self-harm and feelings of despair. Indeed, this is just one […]

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Living in Darkness: A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year B)

“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life (John 3:14-15). Do we recall the story of Moses lifting up the serpent in the desert? Similar to today’s first reading (II Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23), […]

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Let’s close the church doors

Years ago, when my mother lay in a hospital bed recuperating from a heart attack, she showed her couch habits. Without even thinking about it, she always had her legs crossed at the ankles. Whenever the cardiologist visited, upon his entry and exit, he would gently and without a word, uncross her feet so as […]



I can think of a few off the top of my head. Just to get a peak of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Michelangelo’s David, people will put themselves through all sorts of inconveniences, travel thousands of miles, wait in long lines in the early morning and in the rain, hoping that they will be […]


Venting Catholic Concerns and Offering Some Hope

The way I see it, everyone that isn’t wearing rose colored glasses can see things are going South pretty quickly. Catholic schools are on a steady decline, people my age can’t be open about being a serious Christians, many parishes aren’t feeding their flock, the government has slowly squeezed the Church for years, and can […]

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“Darkest Hour” and the Power of Words

I went to see Darkest Hour recently. As a captivating piece of cinema, it is superb. Gary Oldman turns in a masterful performance as Winston Churchill, with a fine cast supporting him like spokes on a bicycle wheel. I couldn’t believe that two hours had passed when the movie ended: I could have easily done another 45 […]