Honey, Vinegar and a JW

Many years ago I had a neighbor who was a Jehovah’s Witness. This guy would always try to pull me into arguments about the Bible and the end times. He was a particularly joyless individual who always had a frown on his face, and never had anything good to say about anybody. After enduring yet [Read More...]

Charismatic Tridentine Mass

My visit last weekend to the Evangelical Catholic Institute’s conference in Madison WI seems to have put the cat among the pigeons. It engendered my largest (and most passionate) thread of comments yet. My own opinion is that all this blather has generated more heat than light, but there it is…we’ve all had our say, [Read More...]

Surprised by Joy

I think I have met a good number of saints in my life. Some I can name: One was Mother Teresa. Two was an old lady named June. Three was her daughter. Four was an old priest named Richard and Five was a priest named John. Six was a young priest named James. When I [Read More...]

Hot Air

The parish priest got new hot air hand dryers installed in the rest rooms in the parish hall, but they were gone after two weeks. When asked why he said, “Someone using the men’s room kept putting a sign up over the new dryer that said, “Push the button for next week’s homily.” [Read more...]

He’s in the Jailhouse Now (not)

I love the fact that the fathers of the Church load the daily Mass readings after Easter with the events at the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles. Have you noticed how many of the stories are like symbolic little ‘resurrections’? When the apostles heal the lame man in the Beautiful Gate the whole [Read More...]


A student asked me today how I knew that I had a vocation to the priesthood. Maybe it would help others to hear the story too; I was a student at Bob Jones University. In my sophomore year I had found my way to the Anglican Church, and I was praying about what I should [Read More...]