U.S. Air Force RCO: Yes to Miracles, No to God

What next? It’s been a tough week for religion in public life.The Obama Administration’s attack on religious liberty via the EEOC (at least the Supreme Court gave them a handslapping in that case); the HHS Department’s insistence on forcing religious organizations to fund contraceptives; and now, the U.S. Air Force RCO has removed “God” from its official badge.That consequences of that last one are not nearly as dire, because fewer people are affected.  As one of many recent evidences of … [Read more...]

A GOD OF SECOND CHANCES: Lazarus, Come Forth! (Me, Too!)

In John’s Gospel this weekend, we hear the familiar story of Lazarus of Bethany, brother of Mary and Martha. Lazarus was a good friend of Jesus of Nazareth.  So good a friend, in fact, that when Lazarus fell ill, his sisters sent a message to Jesus—hoping that Jesus would come to work a miracle and restore Lazarus to full health. You know the story:  Jesus didn’t come.  Rather, he continued on the road, preaching along the way.  By the time he reached the hill town of Bethany, on the east sid … [Read more...]

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES: And Just What is the "Immaculate Conception," Anyway?

Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  Catholics remember that on February 11, 1858, Mary appeared to a young peasant girl in a cave at Massabielle, just a mile from the French town of Lourdes.  Young Bernadette Soubirous called her simply "the Lady."  In all, "the Lady" appeared to Bernadette 18 times that year.  One one occasion, Bernadette asked her who she was; and Mary's answer was “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  Or, in French, “Que soy era immaculada concepciou.” The wor … [Read more...]