Falling In Divine Gravity

Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI, once said: “A healthy soul must do two things for us.  First, it must put some fire in our veins, keep us energized, vibrant, living with zest and filled with hope, as we sense that life is, ultimately, beautiful and worth living.  Second, a healthy soul must keep us fixed together.  […]

Catholic America’s Soul

President Biden often speaks about fighting for the soul of America.  For him, our soul’s core has compassion for immigrants and other vulnerable people and respect for other nations.  Similarly, American bishops fight for the soul of Catholicism.  For them, like for most Catholics, at the core are issues of life that protect the most […]

God-dog

Father William O’Malley, S. J., wrote this beautiful poem called Galumphing at God’s Heels.  Dog-lovers, especially, appreciate it. The black lab galumphs beside me as I walk, tongue lolling, eyes intent upon the stick. He’s submissive to my whistle, not my trifling talk, nor well-wrought reasons, much less rhetoric. He trots ahead and turns, impatient […]

God’s Medicine

Early in my priesthood, I knew a family whose oldest child was physically healthy, strong, well-adjusted, and popular, and whose second child was scrawny and suffered a birth defect that made his life quite different from his older brother’s.  The younger boy had five or six surgeries in his early years of life.  While the […]

Synodality

While many Catholics find it embarrassing for Catholic politicians to not uphold Catholic teachings in the public forum, it is more embarrassing to see some American bishops go ballistic over who is unworthy to receive communion and wield their authority to condemn them.  Yet, in the midst of the quarrel, it is refreshing to witness […]

Saint Corona Comes Through!

May 14 marks the feast of Saint Corona.  Is it any wonder that the mask order shielding us from coronavirus is lifted on her day? Her fame got resurrected last year when word spread that she, ironically, is the patron saint of pandemics.  She had a cult following among early Christians, a common practice toward […]

God’s Preferred Pronoun

Recently, at an all-girls high school, I referred to a student as “she” and was quickly informed that I was not using the person’s preferred pronoun.  As society continues to unfold, some contend that the two biblical genders are not enough.  Starting with chromosome anomalies and continuing with personal preferences of the psyche and medical […]

An Awareness

Louie Armstrong was once asked to explain jazz.  He responded, “If you got to ask the question, you’ll never know what it is.”  The point he makes is that jazz is something that you feel, something you mysteriously know, something of which you are simply aware.  It cannot be explained.  Fortunately, one can come to […]

Vision

Proverbs 29:18 forewarns: “Where there is no vision, the people will perish.”  Many of us hoped that the Year 20-20 would bring us that perfect vision for which our world deeply longs, but the coronavirus directed us to a different vision in which we were coerced to gaze inward and, in some ways, see who […]

Memorial

My mother died eleven months ago.  Many kind and generous people donated to a memorial scholarship fund established in her honor.  Gifts measured near $50,000 at the time of her death and contributions from my siblings have now put it over $75,000.  We hope to eventually build up a $100,000 endowment that will provide annual […]