Preserving the Faith in a Secular Culture

A decade ago, I was asked to speak to a chapter of the Serra Club on the topic of Preserving the Faith in a Secular Culture. What I said back then is still relevant, not surprisingly, and I share it now. (Serra Club, named for Fr. Junipero Serra, of California Missions fame, promotes vocations to […]

Sr. Magdalene Grace

“It is so important to say yes to the calling of God.” Sr. Magdalene Grace, Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles Sr. Magdalene Grace was raised in a devout Catholic family in Ohio and she didn’t feel the call to religious life until after she attended college at Ohio Dominican University. […]

Guardian Angels

In my experience, Baptists don’t think about angels much. Since my conversion to Catholicism, I have acquired a great fondness and thankfulness for my guardian angel. (I’m pretty sure that angels don’t have a sex, but I always think of my guardian as a “he,” so I’m going with it.) I am particularly happy to […]

Sr. Kelsey Ann Shaver

On 8/11/20 Sr. Kelsey Ann Shaver, ASCJ renewed her temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience at Mount Sacred Heart Chapel in Hamden. These vows are renewed annually until Perpetual Profession. Apostles of the Sacred Heart Celebrate Vow Renewals, New Novice  – Diocese of Bridgeport (bridgeportdiocese.org) Sr. Kelsey has a Physical Therapy Doctorate degree from […]

Duty of Evangelization

Last night I saw (only saw, I keep the TV on mute for commercials) a commercial featuring Billy Graham’s son preaching to a large crowd saying encouraging things about faith (there were subtitles). As an ex-Baptist, I realized that the commercial was not taking place in isolation. In all likelihood, in evangelical churches across the […]

Holy Week Reflection

Holy Week is upon us once again. At these well known points in the liturgical year, I am prone to think of Scrooge’s dismissive remarks about Christmas: “another year older and not a moment wiser.” But something struck me during the reading of the Passion Gospel on Palm Sunday that may lead to a scintilla […]

Reality

Today’s reality. You hear that a lot lately. But in Reality, nothing is different from when the pandemic was not the constant thought of society. Before the pandemic, we were all sinners and we still are. Before the pandemic, the greatest moment in the history of existence was the Annunciation, the Incarnation. It still is. […]