Holy Terror?

A student in one of my School of Faith courses asked me to explain how terrorism could possibly be justified as doing “God’s will.” I think that’s an important issue for us to explore if we want to address the problem at its root. Obviously this issue arises in the context of Islam, since at least […]

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The Heart of a Father

In the Church we have the beautiful feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with the heart symbolizing the immense love of our Lord and His Blessed Mother for each one of us. As Catholic husbands and fathers, we might also consider meditating on the heart of St. Joseph, […]

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Dare to Discipline

I used to listen to a talk radio host who would say, “In the department store of life, sports is, after all, the toy department.” Surely that’s a useful message for us “weekend warriors.” But let’s take that comment a step further. In the department store of life, is our faith merely a department–and a […]

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My Brother Louie

As we meditate on the Gospels, it’s only natural that we would try to imagine what the various biblical figures looked like, beginning with Our Lord Himself. One character I find especially intriguing is Zacchaeus, whose encounter with our Lord is recorded in Luke 19:1-10. Whenever I think of Zacchaeus, I picture Louie De Palma, […]

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Labor Management

For many men today, one would think a “holy hour” means being able to watch the second half of a game without interruption, and that a “retreat” is 36 holes of golf interspersed with appropriate beverages. In countless parishes I’ve visited, the women far outnumber the men in the pews (and in the sanctuary). Meanwhile, try […]

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