Seeing and Believing: Recognizing Christ amid Social Inequalities

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Today’s gospel for the Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle, always hits me across the head like a two by four. In my personal reading of the near climax of John’s gospel, I envision myself as Thomas. My friends have had the good fortune of seeing the risen Christ. I’m Thomas, probably off doing something very [Read More...]

Am I the Demoniac, the Swine or the Town?

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I’ve been praying over today’s gospel from Matthew 8:28-34 and looking at the story of the Gadarenes, from a few different vantage points. To help me put the gospel in perspective, I went to a daily reflection video from my own Diocesan television network KNXT: and peeked at today’s Twitter status from Fr. James Martin, SJ: [Read More...]

Lou Holtz Rocks It at Franciscan U #Steubenville


Congratulations to the graduating class of Franciscan University at Steubenville! For so many reasons, your future is bright and your gifts are greatly needed. I was thrilled to be able to be a fly on the wall for your recent commencement speech delivered by one of my favorites, Lou Holtz! I thought I’d share it [Read More...]

O Me of Little Faith…

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I’ve been intentionally quiet the last few days. Perhaps my lack of an immediate, definitive and public reaction in the wake of last Friday’s news marks my lack of qualification as a blogger. In fact, I’m honestly still not ready to write publicly on that topic. You’ll find many on the Catholic Channel here discussing [Read More...]

3 Ways Frequent Travelers Can Live the Year of Mercy with Airport Chaplains

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The human heart plans the way, but the LORD directs the steps. Proverbs 16:9 Can being a road warrior or a frequent flyer be a call to participate in the Year of Mercy in a unique way? Can all of those hours spent waiting in airport terminals–or dashing through them to catch a tight connection–really be [Read More...]

Did I Hear a Future Bishop Preach This Weekend?

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This weekend was a moment of celebration for my home Diocese of Fresno as three of our seminarians were ordained to the diaconate on Saturday. Their ordination marks the commencement of one final year of preparation for the priesthood and is a joyful moment for the faithful here in the Central Valley. A Father’s Love [Read More...]

#LaudatoSi: The Encyclical, The Movie?

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This was launched over a week ago, but somehow with all of yesterday’s mania over Laudato Si, it’s funnier than ever: What do you think? Are we allowed to have a little fun with this. You can probably guess my favorite part: the Holy Father tweeting! [Read more...]

Prayers for Precious Souls Lost in #CharlestonShooting

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I’ve been praying this morning about how to possibly write about last night’s horrific tragedy in Charleston at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.  There is no possible way to succinctly describe the horror of an intruder infiltrating a prayer meeting and then taking the lives of nine souls, including that of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, [Read More...]

#LaudatoSi and Me

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As I type this, I have the extreme pleasure of gazing over my own little corner of God’s creation. I’m home for a few weeks and soaking up the beauty of the Valley while I play “beat the clock” against a book deadline. I’ve found that it’s easy and pleasurable to take my laptop and [Read More...]

“Your Yes for 2015″ June Check-In

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Welcome to the June check-in for our “Your Yes for 2015″ Adventure. If you’re joining us today for the first time, find the index of all of the days here. What happened to the second quarter of 2015? Has anyone seen it? It seems to have slipped right past me! If you’re paying attention, you’ve notice [Read More...]