Repressed Memories of God

Repressed memories are a significant topic in our modern time.  My earliest memories go back to when I was four or five years old.  Most people I’ve talked to about it are able to remember events earlier than that—some claim to even have memories of being in their mother’s womb.  I wish it were possible […]

Nimrods and Apologies

Everything in The Holy Bible is true but not everything contained therein is accurate.  The first two chapters of Genesis give conflicting stories of creation; each is true but they can’t both be accurate.  Like the thirty-six-year-old account that haunts Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, many people recall stories from teenage years from perspectives […]

Luckiest Priest in Town

Kansas City area readers have been immensely helpful to me during my two years at Saint Charles Borromeo (SCB) Parish.  If any of you are available and interested in joining me and this parish community for a party to celebrate, please gather with us next Saturday, September 22, for the 4:00 Mass, followed by a […]

Believe Most of It

When Mother Teresa of Calcutta was once asked about tearing down walls, she responded by saying that it begins with you and me.  Maybe the questioner had in mind the walls that the church has built to protect itself, or walls of clericalism that many Catholics hit but cannot break through, or walls listing endless […]

Sanctified Sexual Secrets

Though I may be way off base, I wonder if part of the problem with our Church’s continual struggles with sexual maladies is indirectly connected to the unwillingness in our religious culture to openly, honestly, and lovingly discuss the sexuality of those we seek to emulate: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and many saints. Each human […]

Embrace the Leper

You may recall seeing a photograph or video of Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Square during the first year of his pontificate embracing a man who suffers from neurofibromatosis—what many of us call elephant man disease.  It is a rare and painful genetic disorder that causes external tumors and pigmentations that render the person hideous […]