The Old Church in Tempe, AZ Needs You

The doors of St. Mary’s Church, on the corner of University and College, in Tempe, are locked. Black plastic covers the steeple. Chain-link fences surround it. Behind those fences sit backhoes and earth-movers. The place is under repair, but to the uninformed eye it might almost be under siege. Dating back to 1903, St. Mary’s [Read More…]

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“Without Getting All Freakish About It”

This is a story about saints and signs, and how the right word to the right person at the right time can change a life. At the beginning of 2011, I was brand-new to Catholic online media and utterly mesmerized by it. Everyone, writers and commenters alike, sounded insane – either ready to slit their [Read More…]

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Avoiding the Advent Trap

The worst thing about being robbed by crystal meth addicts is having to walk them through the robbery. They’re jumpy and scatterbrained, tweakers are. You’ve got to talk to them as you’d talk to five-year-olds. Unless you explain, “Here’s my WALLET. Here’s my CELL PHONE. Here’s this OTHER CELL PHONE that hasn’t worked since I [Read More…]

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