“Never Give In” – What We Can Still Learn From Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill  It was a homecoming. Of sorts.He had been there only a year before. Had it even been that recent, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill wondered? Yes. Yes. It had been, but it seemed a lifetime ago. His last visit to his alma mater, Harrow, was during the chill of December, 1940 after the blackest of falls. Having ruthlessly dispatched with most of Western Europe in the matter of weeks, the Nazi war machine had unleashed its fury on the recalcitrant island … [Read more...]

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My Midnight Monastery

 It never fails.*Ding!*My phone lights up and illuminates a once dark room. Sometimes I am up typing at 1:30 in the morning. Other times I am in bed at 11:30.*Ding!*But I recognize the bell.Oh, it could be a page from a patient. Or it could be an emergency call. But, generally, it isn't. That bell is my Midnight Monastery. Or, to be more precise, my Virtual Midnight Monastery (as dubbed by one of our creative members).Oh, didn't you know?I am a member of an … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis & the Answer to “Radical Loneliness”

  They were young, but inspired.How could they not be?After all, this priest was on fire. He was young, charismatic and passionate for the Lord. And he thrived in being with them.So, likewise, these college students were eager to spend time with him."We felt completely free with him, without any burden. His presence led us to express ourselves. While he was among us, we felt that everything was all right...We felt we could discuss any problem with him; he … [Read more...]

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On Being Fair to Pope Francis

 Pope FrancisI am exhausted. But smiling.As Pope Francis limped his final steps up the stairs, waved goodbye and disappeared in the hull of the plane, there seemed a collective moment of relaxation. After all, watching a ebullient 78 year-old pontiff dart from engagement to engagement, kissing babies, blessing children, encouraging the downtrodden, and holding the powerful accountable was enough to make me weary, if not a bit worried. After all, I take care of 78 year-old patients. And … [Read more...]

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Joy Is On Tour – How Pope Francis Stunned Me & America

 Pope Francis  You know you have heard about it.The stories of the Pope shaking things up. Gingerly paying his own hotel bill, diving deeply into crowds to shake the furthest hand, warmly engaging the stray child in the middle of a Mass, and kissing the infirm, the repellent, the forgotten.You know you have heard about it.But it is utterly stunning to see it.For one week, Joy has been on tour. The United States and every major news outlet has been transfixed … [Read more...]

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Hope & “The Pope of Surprises”

Pope Francis Are you watching this? Are you paying attention to this Pope?The Pope's visit to the United States thus far has been a sensation. Coverage of his scheduled events has been gleefully wall-to-wall. Pope Francis has been greeted on the tarmac by the President and his family, has offered a heartfelt message to his brother Bishops, celebrated the canonization of Junipero Serra, gave an unprecedented speech to a joint session of Congress and presided over Vespers at New York's St. … [Read more...]

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