On Catholicism & Atheism…My Dogma & Yours


 Milan CathedralEarlier this evening I happened upon CNN's home web page where I encountered an engaging feature, Famous Atheists & Their Beliefs. Intrigued, I was drawn into the fashionable and attractive head shots and statements of actors and actresses, scientists and intellectuals, musicians and composers who had declared their creed (or refutation of a Creed) of Atheism. From many, they had become one. And CNN was happy to tell their stories.And so, the stories wo … [Read more...]

My Quaint, Silly, Ridiculous, Little, Lovely, Lovely Faith


The Calling of St. Matthew by Michelangelo Merisi da CaravaggioWhen I was growing up, I was raised in a Lutheran home. My mother's father was a gifted, but somewhat stern Lutheran pastor who informed my mother's faith. We attended church regularly, prayed at meals, prayed before bedtime and read stories from "Hurlbut's Story of the Bible". I recall close friendships between my parents and our pastors. I remember walks with my dad down long train tracks, as our black lab manically sniffed for … [Read more...]

Why That Woman Wept At Confession


  I have to be honest. I was jarred when I first heard it. It was on a Tuesday night - a Lenten Reconciliation Service. The gorgeous sanctuary of our church was warmly lit and Richard, the music director, gingerly played beautiful, familiar, sweetened hymns on the piano. Lines were formed around the periphery of the sanctuary. Five priests were working overtime (as if there is a prescribed set of "working hours" in a priest's life anyway) leaning in, comforting, consoling, … [Read more...]

Twisted Cross, True Cross


  I was only nine when I saw it. And it is strange that I still remember it. It was in the basement of my childhood home – my father’s office, to be exact. Unlike the house we lived in before, this basement had no natural light. Though light fixtures and lamps fought against the encroaching darkness, an older sister could devilishly switch the light off while you were down there and leave you instantly consumed by the inky blackness. And it was frightening.So it was in t … [Read more...]

God & the Darkness


 Forgive me. I am in a dark mood.There is darkness these days. And sometimes, is seems, it approaches blackness. These days ISIS pours across the Middle East brazenly leaving the crucified, decapitated & raped in their wake. An unabashed Iranian regime with an undisputed record of deceit, oppression and genocidal aspirations moves ever closer to an internationally approved nuclear capability. A Russian despot without cover of ideology or provocation shamelessly violates every norm o … [Read more...]

“Nothing New”: On Aggression & Inertia


Let us imagine a Country with an inordinate hatred. A hatred of a People. Whenever words are used to describe the vilified People, they are filled with abject vitriol and fiery contempt. The "enemy" is described as Degenerate, Vermin & Criminal and are threatened with Destruction, Erasure & Annihilation. This creed of vengeance is not a peripheral matter for the country, but is a belief system deeply, deeply set in its marrow. It informs, invigorates, inspires the Country's actions and, i … [Read more...]