Archive for General Interest

The Lay Response to Failed Leadership

I struggle with how the laity should respond to failing leadership in the Church.  Opinions seem to swing wildly from one extreme to another – from viscous, blood-spraying-from-eyeballs attacks, to curling up into a ball and feeling the only faithful response is doing nothing at all.  The fact of the matter is that these leaders are human, and humans will fail; it’s inevitable.  So when it does happen, how should we respond?  Martin Luther  St. Athanasius “Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me.” “If the world is against truth, then I am against the world.”     Shattered Christianity unity. Preserved the world against

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Quick Reflection: Papal Mass Good PR

This evening I got home from work in time to catch the last fifteen minutes of the Papal Mass celebrated at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and I flipped between CNN and Fox News to compare their coverages.  In both cases, there was silence from the commentators, who seemed to understand the reverence due the occasion.  There turned out to be a bit of verbal description but they mostly let the video tell the story. As I watched Communion, with thousands of the faithful walking up to receive the Lord (many on the tongue, no less), I found myself

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May I Never Forget Either

This one grabbed my attention today.

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Sanctifying Your Work With The Angelus

Last Sunday, I heard a very inspiring homily focusing on the first reading, 1 Kings 19: 4-8. It really cut directly into my attitude as I was preparing to enter a second work week that was going to be totally devoted to meetings. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to weeks where from sunup Monday to close of business on Friday, you are sequestered with a group of colleagues in an overly cooled meeting room. During these events, I try not be thoroughly rude and actually pay attention when someone else is the presenter. Of course I pay

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Church Bankruptcy Intrigues vs. Justice

The Milwaukee archdiocese on August 4 announced an agreement of settlement terms for clergy homosexual abuse victims.  The 330 abuse victims will share $21 million.  Critics were instantaneous in slamming the deal as an abuse of the bankruptcy regulations. Some items to note: Liberal darling Archbishop Rembrant Weakland presided over the very dark period of peak homosexual abuse, and was proven to have covered up allegations and used intimidation tactics to keep this scandal out of the public view.  Dogged by a late revelation of using archdiocese funds to silence a male lover, he became a shunned former celebrity.  He

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Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men

Many of us are probably familiar with The Art of Manliness website and associated podcast.  The AoM tends to have a lot of interesting material and guests, but not much about virtue vis a vis Christian morality.  However, a recent episode featured author Stephen Mansfield discussing his book, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men, in which he writes about exactly that.  He talks about a well-worn observation of ours that men in our modern society and even in our churches are pushed toward feminization, but in fact men are geared to “do things” more than they are to talk or simply

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Eternal Summer

Every year there is a week when the vegetable garden hits peak production; when the cornucopia is so vast that it seems we can’t eat it or give it away fast enough.  Oh sure, up to this point we’ve had our fair share of lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli and sugar snap peas.  But suddenly we are buried in ripe vegetables.  For the past few days lunches and dinners have consisted mainly of cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, peppers, carrots, beans….  Eat faster, there’s more to pick!  Enough!  Well, maybe a couple of more jalapeño poppers, another ear of corn and one more tomato,

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Like Son, Like Father

I sincerely wish that every man had memories like mine of time spent with their father. When I was young, we worked, hunted, fished, and talked together — and I learned so much of what it means to be a father and a man. Often I wonder how he found time to do it all, and I can be hard on myself sometimes because my sons have not spent nearly as much time in the garage, in the woods, or on the water as I did. Then I recall that I have twice-plus-one the number of children he had, and

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True Charity?

My job requires that I travel quit frequently and I have taken the habit of seeking out local Catholic Churches in which to spend time with the Lord in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. While recently visiting a church in Pittsburgh, my solitude was broken by a male voice repeatedly barking out, “Raffle tickets, raffle tickets for sale!” Upon leaving the chapel, I discovered a parishioner standing at the busy street corner alongside a new Dodge 2015 Dart. He was selling tickets to any and all passersby who wished to exchange their money for the opportunity to win. To

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Friday is Coming

I want to say something to those living in the thick of the struggle: stay strong, fight the good fight, make sure you wash your hands frequently, and don’t lose hope – Friday, like Jesus, is coming.  

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