It is race day in Boston. As a celebrated race in a historic city, the Boston Marathon draws thousands of hard-training athletes striving toward their goals while surrounded by cheering family, friends and anonymous well-wishers. The weather was ideal. The atmosphere was genial. But no one could comprehend what happened next. Or why. A sequence of ear-splitting concussion-casting bombs exploded and turned the celebration at race's end into a carnage-filled crime scene. And with the quickness it … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and the Facets of the Catholic Church

"Every saint is a little looking-glass of God: a facet of the jewel which constitutes the Catholic Church."- Monsignor Francis Bickerstaffe-Drew It may go without saying, but something special is happening in the Catholic Church. Last Wednesday, March 13, 2013, fumata blanca (white smoke) snaked from the Sistine Chapel chimney. Before long, to the faithful masses in St. Peter's Square, the Cardinal Proto-Deacon pronounced the famous phrase, "Habemus papam!". And out poured roars of … [Read more...]

The Heir to Peter

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. - Matthew 16:18 "When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its corner-stone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward – in a word, a man. Peter. And upon this rock He has built His Church, and the gates of Hell have not prevailed against it. All the empires and the kingdoms have failed, because … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict XVI and Surprise


It was April 19, 2005 and the world's eyes were fixed on a small chimney jutting out from the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Within the dazzling walls of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, a papal conclave was convened and casting votes for a new Bishop of Rome. An international icon and beloved shepherd to the Catholic faithful, Pope John Paul II, had died after suffering the ravages of Parkinson's disease. In his wake, Rome and the world witnessed a holy funeral of emotionally and spiritually-epic … [Read more...]

Hitler and the Analysis of Evil

Who was Adolf Hitler? And how does one explain him? Clearly, he has made a profoundly morbid impact on human history. By his enemies, he has been called a madman, murderer, and lunatic. By his followers, he has been dubbed a genius, mystic, and Messiah. His twisted ideas, fierce rhetoric, and unparalleled civil and military successes catapulted this murderer and mystery to the all-powerful totalitarian pinnacle. Adolf Hitler became the Fuhrer. The Leader.In my research on Adolf Hitler (for … [Read more...]

Of Lions and Pipers: The Indispensability of Symbols

Of Lions and Pipers: The Indispensability of Symbols

At times, men can be symbols. And symbols matter. Today, two men - two symbols - come to mind. Let us begin with the first. It was May, 1940. A vicious Nazi war-machine had conquered Poland, Norway, Denmark, and began an unprecedented Blitzkrieg attack on Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France. The Nazi victories were the fruits of a crafty megalomaniac, a German population hungry for revenge, and a passive international community who grievously underestimated Adolf Hitler. The British … [Read more...]