President Narcissus snaps a selfie

…at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. You stay classy, Mr. President. By the way, a word about Mandela, who died when I was heading out of town. Eternal rest to him. He had a lot of options when he became president, chief among them to pull South Africa into a bloodbath of race reprisals for a very [Read More...]

In 1951, an Entire Generation of Narcissists Was Not Still Telling Everybody

“I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news that William McKinley had been shot”. But Baby Boomers, being the incredibly self-absorbed people we are, are *still* dominating national discourse for the entire month of November with our conviction that an emotionally upsetting moment from our mummified Pepsi Generation Youth is something that [Read More...]

Eternal Memory

This was taken at an Easter Egg Hunt in 1963 when I was four. On this day, exactly 30 years ago in 1983, my Dad died. Here is a chapter from Salt and Light I offer in his honor. I love you and miss you, Dad.  May you find eternal rest with God our Father [Read More...]

Requiescat in Pace

My dear friend Marcus writes: Thanks for your prayers during this pregnancy. Unexpectedly, Kelly went into labor yesterday and delivered the 15 week old body of our baby boy. We were, thank God, at Saint Joseph hospital in Tacoma and Kelly lost a lot of blood, but they were able to help her and she [Read More...]

Eternal Memory

May the souls of all those murdered that day find eternal peace through Christ our Lord.  Amen [Read more...]

Eternal Memory

A reader writes: You will probably not remember me but I wrote you last November asking for prayers for my wife as she battled stomach cancer. You are and your readers responded with much kindness offering up prayers for her healing. Ellen suffered almost everyday of her illness. She endured radiation treatments, two separate regimens [Read More...]

Deepest Condolences to My Friend Tom McDonald

…whose father has died.  May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace and may Tom and all who loved him find consolation, healing, and peace in the faithful mercy of God our Father whose only Son Christ Jesus died and rose again for Tom’s dad and for all of [Read More...]

Prayer Requests

A reader writes: Could you please post a prayer for my oldest son?  Just last week, he started having physical problems, the kind that always say ‘see a doctor immediately!’  He went and, so far, the first tests yielded a negative.  Which is good.  The doctor and specialist both said if things get better over [Read More...]

I never really paid much attention to Fr. Andrew Greeley

He just didn’t scratch where I itched mostly. As I was settling into being Catholic, he was sort of winding down his career, from what I can tell. I don’t have much interest in Church politics or sociology (though my work has *forced* me to pay attention to such things at times) and wasn’t attracted [Read More...]

Eternal Memory

My Dad was across the Channel that day and for the next three days, servicing wave after wave of airplanes without sleep along with a legion of support personnel. He swore he would get breakfast in bed every June 6 for the rest of his life. My Mom obliged him for the next 20 years [Read More...]

I just found out Ray Harryhausen Died

In a civilized world, all the nations of the earth would fly their flags at half-mast for a man who gave so much joy to so many people. God rest his soul and give him eternal joy through Christ our Lord. Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. You made this world a far [Read More...]

I’m old

Annette Funicello, RIP. Eternal light shine upon her, Father, through Christ our Lord. Mother Mary, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. [Read more...]