The Atheist and The Martyr

The atheist, Robert Bolt, the martyr, Sir Thomas More, and I met in a Houston college classroom decades ago. Last Thursday, we Catholics celebrated the feast day of St. Thomas More, rekindling the friendship I feel with playwright Robert Bolt and his man for all seasons, St. Thomas More. And for at least the fifth … [Read more]

The Bread: Symbolic or Substantial?

Not long ago was the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. The bread as the Body of Christ. Inciting the priest to teach just what we ingested when we take that consecrated host into ourselves. We were on the central coast at that time and heard two, maybe three homilies on the real presence. And then another … [Read more]

It’s All Paradox

In the physics of spirituality, it’s all paradox. St. Thomas Aquinas put down his pen, never to pick it up again, after four-thousand pages of his great work the Summa Theologica. He had reached question 99 when he quit. And when asked why, replied, “…‘All that I have written seems like so much straw compared to … [Read more]

Break This-For Me

Each Sunday we watch as he is broken apart. The priest raises his hands high so we can’t miss the tearing apart of the host. But only when I read Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity we celebrate today, Corpus Christi, did I realize the priest is recreating the breaking of the body of Christ … [Read more]

The Single Most Important Attribute for A Writer

I did this article for my friend Suzanne’s online business, Unruly a couple of weeks ago. I know most of you are not writers and have little interest in reading about the ups and downs of the craft but I’m wagering that the gist of this post will grab you since grit, perseverance, stick-to-it-ness apply … [Read more]