January 20, 2020

Mr. Kremin is dead.  This brief sentence is meaningless for the vast majority who will read it, but for some it will first elicit a profound sadness immediately followed by an unmatched appreciation for the man who dedicated his life to teaching and transforming the lives of high school students.  Nobody really knew much about Mr. Kremin’s personal life, but every student who spent time sitting in room 14 at Aquinas High School was personally touched by learning from and… Read more

January 17, 2020

We stopped to buy candy at a small convenience store on the roadside. The bag was excessively large, containing perhaps 100 individually wrapped lollipops, but it had been relatively cheap. We continued to drive on the rough, unpaved road that crossed mile after mile of pristine countryside dotted with zebras, wildebeest, and an occasional giraffe. The sun was beginning to set and the greens, browns, and blues appeared to merge under the spectacular ball of fire that had turned the… Read more

January 4, 2020

Una mañana fría antes de ir a clase, un amigo me invitó a almorzar.  Acepté verlo al medio día.  Minutos después de sentarnos en el comedor universitario, mi amigo reveló el motivo de su invitación: “Necesito que vengas a la misión médica a Ecuador porque mis dos traductores se retiraron ayer. Necesito un traductor”. Sabía que Joe estaba a cargo de esta misión médica, pero yo no tenía ningún deseo de participar en una de las varias oportunidades misioneras ofrecidas… Read more

January 3, 2020

A friend invited me to lunch early one chilly morning before we went to class, and I agreed to meet him later that day.  Minutes after we sat down to eat at the university dining room, he revealed the reason for the invitation: “I need you to come on the medical mission trip to Ecuador because my two translators backed out yesterday.  I need a translator.”  I knew Joe was in charge of the upcoming mission trip, but I had… Read more

December 24, 2019

Last year I had the opportunity to visit the town of Greccio on the Sabine Hills north of Rome, known as the site of the very first nativity scene.  A sanctuary uphill from from the beautiful town of Greccio encases the cave where Saint Francis of Assisi recreated the familiar scene of Bethlehem with an ox, a donkey and a manger on Christmas Eve of 1224.  Villagers from town gathered outside the cave to admire the scene.  A few years… Read more

December 23, 2019

Después de preparar nuestros corazones por todo un mes durante el Adviento, hoy hacemos una pausa con toda la Iglesia para reconocer que Jesús, a quien estábamos esperando, no es simplemente un sabio maestro entre los sabios maestros de la historia.  Hacemos una pausa para reconocer que Él no es simplemente un profeta más de entre los profetas que han caminado por la tierra. El pequeño niño nacido en un establo de Belén hace dos mil años es Dios hecho hombre, Dios entre nosotros.  Cuando contemplamos al niño recién nacido, contemplamos el mismo rostro de Dios.  El Dios invisible del Antiguo Testamento de quien hacer imágenes era… Read more

December 12, 2019

Hoy celebramos a la mujer que mejor nos enseña cómo vivir este tiempo de Adviento: la mujer que nos enseña el valor de esperar… y no esperar por simplemente cualquier cosa, pero el valor de esperar por la venida de su hijo, Jesús. Vivimos en un mundo que no le gusta esperar.  Todo lo queremos rápido.  Vivimos tan atareados y nunca terminamos, vivimos agobiados con todos nuestros quehaceres.  Tenemos acceso una cantidad infinita de información en nuestros celulares, todo accesible… Read more

December 10, 2019

Earlier this year Pope Francis established a new feast on December 10th in the Church’s liturgical calendar: the Feast of Our Lady of Loreto.  The decree which established the feast day states, “this celebration will help all people, especially families, youth and religious to imitate the virtues of that perfect disciple of the Gospel, the Virgin Mother, who, in conceiving the Head of the Church also accepted us as her own.” Loreto is a small town on the Adriatic coast… Read more

December 6, 2019

I sat alone on a brown wooden bench at the open air Erawan Shrine in downtown Bangkok during the evening rush hour.  The wheels of commuter trains above me screeched as the trains made a sharp turn on two elevated concrete railways.  Thousands of men and women participating in the “Occupy Bangkok” protest blocked the adjacent roads.  One of the protestors had checked my bag as I crossed the crowded protest line to reach the shrine from my nearby hotel. … Read more

December 4, 2019

What a shock. One December 3rd, Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria announced that Rome has postponed the beatification of Fulton Sheen which was scheduled for December 21st of this year at the cathedral of Peoria.  The delay is attributed to a request from some U.S. bishops who have asked for further consideration of this formal act by the Church which would move Archbishop Sheen one step closer to sainthood. This should have never happened.  It is a tragedy.  Whatever the… Read more

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