A Lullaby from God: My Lunch with Bruce Springsteen

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Lunch was about to begin. And I was hungry. Working in an internal medicine clinic, I cherish the opportunity to leave the stresses and concerns of patient care behind for an hour and commune with my dearest friends. Within ten minutes, three or four of us are packed in a car en route to our regular haunt to eat. Our initial conversation is peppered with towel-snapping humor and self-deprecating stories. However, within a short time we invariably find ourselves exploring issues of faith and … [Read more...]

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Manning, Brady & the Little Secret of the Big Game

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"Say, I've been thinking..."That's how it began...To all my married male friends out there, you know what it means when your wife utters these four words. Something big is about to happen. Perhaps what follows the pause is something like, "It's time to start looking for a new house" or  "Let's undertake a major landscaping enterprise" or "We need to purge our house of the junk that you, dear husband, have kept for too long.". Yes. When my wife (like so many other wives out there) begins a … [Read more...]

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Not Missing the Sacramental Journey: Hilaire Belloc’s “The Four Men”

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"And I said to myself , inside my own mind: 'What are you doing? You are upon some business that takes you far, not even for ambition or for adventure, but only to earn. And you will cross the sea and earn your money, and you will come back and spend more than you have earned. But all the while your life runs past you like a river, and the things that are of moment to men you do not heed at all.'" - Hilaire Belloc, in "The Four Men"     And so the journey began. In the brilliant tale, "The F … [Read more...]

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G.K. Chesterton & The Impotence of Nightmares

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 "It is not always wrong even to go, like Dante, to the brink of the lowest promontory and look down at hell. It is when you look up at hell that a serious miscalculation has probably been made." - G.K. ChestertonIt was simply an essay written for the Daily News. It really could have been routine. Yet nothing G.K. Chesterton ever wrote was "routine". This essay was terrifying. It was called, "The Nightmare". It was dusk and Chesterton found himself reading in the garden behind his … [Read more...]

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Telling Beads (Hilaire Belloc, the Rosary & Me)

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 "Gentlemen, I am a Catholic. As far as possible, I go to Mass every day. This [taking a rosary  from his pocket] is a rosary. As far as possible, I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that He has spared me the indignity of being your representative." - Hilaire Belloc, 1906 speech in SalfordIt was a calculated risk, to be sure. A man of French origins campaigning for British office. A man of Catholic devotion … [Read more...]

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St.Thomas More, The Little Sisters of the Poor & the Casualness of Conscience

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The Duke of Norfolk: "Oh confound all this. I'm not a scholar, I don't know whether the marriage was lawful or not but - dammit, Thomas, look at these names! Why can't you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!" Thomas More: "And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?" - From Robert Bolt's play, A Man For All Seasons"Why can't you do as I did, Thomas, and come with us?" I … [Read more...]

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