Padre in the NYT

Eastern rite priest with family

  I was asked to contribute this small piece to the New York Times on the subject of priestly celibacy. Catholics may think it nice and easy to support a married man with two children. But if the man and his wife are young and fertile, can Catholics support a large clerical family? Do they [Read More...]

Is There a List of Mortal Sins?

confused

One of the strengths and weaknesses of the internet age is that people write to strangers with personal problems which are often complex, but there is no context or background. So I’ll get an email out of the blue from someone I don’t know asking “What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? [Read More...]

I’ll Be Back

Terminator

I’ve had a lot of other stuff to think about the last few days, and the head that usually thinks about churchy blog type stuff has been otherwise occupied. I haven’t given up though. I’ll be back. [Read more...]

Life is a Casting Off

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What is it in me that likes the difficult sayings of Jesus more than the easy sayings? Everybody loves Jesus who says, “Let the little children come to me” and “Neither do I condemn you” But have you read the gospels lately?  Jesus’ teaching is much more forceful and strident than we like to remember. [Read More...]

Tolkien and the Great War

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In honor of Armistice Day my article for Imaginative Conservative this week explores the influence that World War I had on Tolkien and his writing. It is from these first hand experiences of war that Tolkien was to find the ground and content for a fantasy that was empowered by vivid realism. Writing in his [Read More...]

One of God’s Little Women Warriors

St Frances Xavier Cabrini

Mother Cabrini was frail and tiny of body but strong of soul. Read about her here. Cabrini was born July 15, 1850, in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, in the LombardProvince of Lodi, then part of the Austrian Empire, the youngest of the eleven children of Agostino Cabrini and Stella Oldini, who were wealthy cherry tree farmers. Sadly, only four of the eleven [Read More...]


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