Mud Cookies: Imagine Feeding Your Kids Some?

“When there is no food for three or four days, the children cry from the pain. So I make them mud cookies to fill up their stomachs.” The missionary priest, Monsignor Patrick Marron from Food for the Poor, quoted a woman living in a village of about two hundred people about 20 miles from Port … [Read more]

If You Are Unhappy and —-It’s Your Fault

Do an online search of the most popular topics for blog posts and you’ll find happiness to be among the top ten. But that isn’t the way to conceive of happiness. We need to change our way of thinking about happiness by coming at it through the back door and talk about unhappiness. By approaching … [Read more]

Silence: Apostacy, Jesuit Priests, 17th Century Japan

Last December, the movie Silence opened to a conflicting maze of reviews. Some greatly praising the film and others exceedingly critical of the tale of the ‘apostate Jesuit priests’ of seventeenth century Japan. I watched it three days ago and am still pondering its meaning. The film is gripping and relentless. Both intensity and portent … [Read more]

Winners For Social Media’s Most Used Words in 2016 Announced

There is no such contest, of course. But if there were, the winners of my imaginary word contest for this year are ‘racist’ and ‘misogynist’, at least that’s how it looks from my view. A view that is heavily influenced by an article I wrote last week. A piece that so negatively affected some readers … [Read more]

At the Boundary of Doubt: Faith

In listening to snippets of conversations at the gym, after daily Mass or casual conversations with other vacationers here in Pismo Beach, I hear the same anxieties, doubts and fears. Whether the subject is gang violence, terrorism or the upcoming presidential election, the sense of desperation mixed with cynicism is almost tangible. It can be … [Read more]