Chaotic Covid Christmas

Christmas offers us a rare moment when culture and Christianity coincide.  The melding of sacred rituals and secular routines in a loving embrace is like the union of Saturn and Jupiter forming the Christmas Star.  In the darkest hours of the northern hemisphere, we look to the brightest of all spiritual lights; even brighter than […]


As the year of Covid’s rampage comes to an end and vaccines begin to get distributed, we straddle a tender time.  We realize that the severity of loss will continue; we know to remain vigilant and to heighten our caution.  Though hope looms on the horizon, we are not yet out of the woods.  Many […]

Discuss, Debate, Discern…

As friends and fellow citizens of earth, we dialogue.  If our talk involves examination or exploration, we discuss.  Sometimes, in the verbal intercourse, we disagree.  Periodically, we debate.  If the parties conversing offer authority or analysis, we might discourse.  Occasionally, we discern.  Eventually, we make some sort of decision or determination.  Earlier this year, I […]

From Luncheon to Lights

Like other annual occasions this year, our 2020 Borromeo Academy Prayer Luncheon was an on-line remote event.  Through the gracious blessing of angel donors’ matching challenge gift of $50,000.00, parishioners and other benefactors gained tremendous incentive to join us.  Because of your generosity, we met the challenge and raised nearly $150,000.00 to provide scholarship assistance […]

Catholic Presidents

Many of our Catholic hierarchical leaders in America are not fans of President-elect Joe Biden—perhaps with substantial reason.  The atmosphere is very different from sixty years ago when the Catholic world was elated by the election of John F. Kennedy.  Celebrated then was the fact that a Catholic could become leader of our Waspish nation, […]

Borromeo Academy Luncheon

In the days of Thanksgiving and Advent, many families discuss how they want to direct their end-of-year giving efforts.  Please consider Saint Charles Borromeo Academy.  It’s time for our fourth annual Borromeo Academy City-Wide Prayer Luncheon.  Like every other event in this Covid-year, it will be a virtual affair this time around. I invite you […]

Sclerotic & Self-referential

John Paul II is a saint.  In my mind, there is no doubt about it.  But even saints carry scars of the human condition by which we are wounded in our earthly journey.  He was not perfect; in some ways, he was quite flawed.  The recent report about former cardinal Theodore McCarrick reveals how the […]

Strategic Visioning

Four years ago, this month, our school’s Sustainability Team decided to reverse the bad news that Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Grade School would close after nearly seventy years of operations.  In spite of a negative financial trajectory and downward enrollment trend of the prior decade, the team saw a great opportunity to introduce here to […]

Extreme or Radical?

When Billy Joel sang “Darling, I don’t know why I go to extremes,” I think we could all relate.  We’ve each dipped our toe in the crazy pool of extremism from time to time; but we don’t want to swim in it.  Proper swimming apparel would be a spiritual hazmat suit. Like Jesus did in […]

Borromeo Morning After

The Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo follows election day.  For parishioners of the faith community that honors him by name, his blessings can serve us as a holy hangover for all that led up to it the past year.  There were debates a year ago and primary contests earlier in this calendar, a spring shut-down, […]