He Refreshes My Soul

In the chaos of this month from May Day to Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day, the Kentucky Derby to the Indy 500, graduations to weddings, May crownings to First Communions, closing schools to opening pools, and classrooms to ball fields, we try to catch up with ourselves coming and going.  Some cultures […]

News Of A School Closing

A year ago this week, local news media reported that Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic School would be forced to close because of financial woes.  They were referencing operational deficits, debt, dilapidated structures, a diminishing neighborhood, and an enrollment that decreased over seventy percent in less than a decade.  The demographics around this aging region between […]

Mother Mary, Come To Me

“When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom…and in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me.”  Paul McCartney’s lyrics from his 1970 hit, Let It Be, continue with a nod to the brokenhearted people who seek divine assurance that our world, […]

Magis, Magistrates, and Magisterium

In The Pirates of the Caribbean, sea raiders followed “The Code of the Pirate Brethren.”  While the code was held in high esteem by buccaneers, the main characters, Captains Sparrow and Barbosa, regularly violated its rules.  When they did, they were quick to point out, “you know the code is more of what you’d call […]

CND (part two)

Father Michael White, pastor,  and pastoral associate, Tom Corcoran, introduce their famous book, Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, Making Church Matter, with an outline of American consumerism as it took place within the Catholic Church in our nation’s history.  In their analysis, ours is a church that responded to the needs of impoverished […]