Lieut. Bill Funchess, Former POW, Remembers His Friend Fr. Emil Kapaun

Lieut. William Funchess

Lieutenant William Funchess leaned forward in his chair, recounting a story he's told many times before--a story of harsh beatings and cold nights, long marches and cruel guards, and the friendship of one humble priest. Funchess is older now, but his memories of the three years he spent in the Pyoktong prison camp during the Korean War are clear. He talked with me in his home in Clemson, South Carolina, sharing stories of stealing food and melting snow to supplement the scant rations provided … [Read more...]

The Odd Thomas Farewell Novel I Didn’t Want to See

Saint Odd

I'm a pretty practical reader.  I read solid theological tomes or historical fiction or self-help books--not sci-fi.  I'm not one to be hooked on fantasy tales and spirits of the walking dead.  So how in the world did I fall in love with a character who sees dead people, and whose path is crossed by shadowy purply-black death-chasers called "bodachs" who somehow show up every time there's an impending cataclysm?I don't know--but I'll tell you this:  I didn't want to see Odd Thomas die … [Read more...]

Powerball Winner: “First I’m Going to Pay My Tithes…”

Powerball winner

"First I'm going to pay my tithes, because I wouldn't have none of it if it wasn't for God."  Marie Holmes, a 26-year-old single mother who is one of the winners of this week's $188 million Powerball jackpot, told WECT-TV that she plans to put first things first when deciding how to spend her winnings.The 26-year-old single mother of four recently quit her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children, one of whom has cerebral palsy.She revealed that she doesn't play … [Read more...]