How the News Tried To Make Me a Cynic…and Failed


"It is better to light a candle to than to curse the darkness." - Anonymous"C'mon. Give it to me. Just one more time.", he chided. "Not again," I came back. "Just go on. Give me the list. Is it ten? Fifteen? More?" And then, with my level-best self-deprecation, I would begin to count. And list. My friend knew that things had not changed. In fact, he reveled in it. I was a news junkie. And it was out of control. The list of my active subscriptions went something like this: The Atlantic … [Read more...]

Are You Fair to the Catholic Church? (An Invitation to “Recovering Catholics”)


It happened one night years ago at the local Lutheran church. I should have seen it coming. After all, it's the kind of thing I had been around for years. But this is the first time I really noticed it. And it bothered me. My wife and I were taking an Alpha Course over the course of roughly ten weeks. The thrust of the course was to foster small group discussion on the tenets of the Christian faith following an ostensibly ecumenical (effectively Protestant) instructive video by a charismatic, if … [Read more...]

Narcissus, My iPhone & Me


Narcissus by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio -------------- “If ever he knows himself, he surely dies.” - Blind seer Tiresias to Narcissus' mother, Liriope, when asked if Narcissus will live to an old ageMy iPhone went dead the other day. Not that it was anything special. Just another episode of me overusing and underpowering this magical handheld device. But something struck me when my screen went black. Suddenly, I thought of Narcissus. It is a beguiling tale to say the least. It is f … [Read more...]

On Being Healed By My Children


Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” - Matthew 19:14 "Grown-up people do not know that a child can give exceedingly good advice in the most difficult case...The soul is healed by being with children." - Fyodor DostoyevskyWe had just arrived. And I wasn't sure how they would react. In my 7 years of being a father, I have discovered that there are times you are best served by being completely up front with you … [Read more...]

On Suffering, St. Bartholomew & the Murder of James Foley


 St. Bartholomew by Rembrandt van RijnPerhaps it is time for us to reflect on St. Bartholomew. For just a moment. Given what is happening in the world, I would argue that it is a perfect time. Selfishly, it is appropriate because Bartholomew serves as the patron saint of my home parish. And, on a larger scale, the Catholic Church just celebrated his Feast Day on August 24th. But perhaps the execution of journalist and devout Catholic James Foley should call to mind just who St. … [Read more...]

ISIS, Evil & the Crisis of Moral Relativism


Lucifer by Gustave Dore (Dante's Inferno)"The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist." - Charles Baudelaire "For all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind." - G.K. Chesterton"That's my boy!" A beaming father tweeted a photo of his seven year-old son. But this tweet was not about his son's game-saving catch or fierce landing of a king salmon or even his strong finish in the local spelling bee. No, Khaled Sharrouf attached this praise to a … [Read more...]