Love: I Know Nothing About It

“Love: I know nothing about it.” My statement was in reply to a priest who had asked if anything was wrong.  Mass had ended and there I sat, alone in the big, cold New England Catholic Church. Staring at the quintessence of agony: the crucified Christ. Instead of coming to console with words or presence, … [Read more]

Why Look Back to Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism?

Right. Why look back to Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism? Huh? Why would we want to return to one of the last Roman Emperors and a Greek philosophy which personified rigorous self-denial, extreme fortitude and emotional indifference? One of the very first books I devoured as a college undergrad was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. A college professor … [Read more]

Settling for Bette Midler’s God?

  “I think most of us are settling for Bette Midler’s God.” It was a terrific headline. Hardly what anyone expects a priest to say when starting his homily on a Bible passage. The priest smiled at the cognitive dissonance apparent in the expressions of each of us seated in front of him at Thursday’s … [Read more]

The Shack: Valuable Lessons About Opinion

I read The Shack several years ago. And did not watch the movie until just a few days ago.  Reactions to the movie, like the book, vary widely. There were those who complained about a God portrayed by an overweight black woman and others that the script was far too confusing to follow. Among Christians … [Read more]

Medjugorje, Two Popes, and Me

Medjugorje: The alleged site of a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six young visionaries beginning in 1981 ignited a storm of controversy and persecution.  Thirty-six years later, questions remain unanswered to the satisfaction of skeptical Catholic and secular minds. Are these visions real? Can the messages be believed? Is it possible that … [Read more]