Tucked Away

Thirty years ago I was a student at Bob Jones University. On Saturdays we were allowed to do part time work for residents of Greenville to earn extra money. We lined up on the pavement and cars pulled up with folks who needed odd jobs done. One morning I got in the front seat and [Read More...]

The Home Stretch

Thirteen years ago I stood at the altar as an Anglican priest in my beautiful medieval church not believing what I was doing. I had come to believe in the real presence of Our Lord’s Body and Blood in the Eucharist, but it was not present in my church, but in the chapel of the [Read More...]

The Real Mega Church

A friend pointed out recently that in terms of numbers, most good sized suburban Catholic parishes would qualify for ‘mega church’ status. With thousands of worshippers each week, they compare nicely with your run of the mill ‘mega church.’ But when you look at the Catholic Church globally and down through the ages it is [Read More...]

Difficulties or Doubts?

How would you advise this person: He is a mature, intelligent and well read non Catholic Christian. He understands the Catholic faith better than most Catholics. He is attracted to the Catholic faith. He is frustrated and fed up with his experiences in Protestant Christianity. However, he still has difficulties over some doctrines and disciplines [Read More...]

Father Father

As I prepare for ordination to the priesthood later this week the most commonly asked question is, “How is your family coping?” The reply is that the children have several questions…”What do we call you? Father Father?” Or “Do we have to go to you for confession?” Answer, “Probably not. I’d say, ‘I think you [Read More...]

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

About ten years ago I threw out a message in a bottle. Well, it was really a message on an internet religious chat room. “Were there any Bob Jones graduates out there who wanted to talk.” An old college friend, David Gustafson, got in touch. We started emailing about religion. By this time I had [Read More...]