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]

Looking for Heroes in All the Wrong Places

We have all spent time doing it: Looking for heroes in all the wrong places. Our movies and music reflect and sometimes magnify that desire to find someone who is an authentic hero. While watching Wonder Woman, we love imagining a woman with extraordinary physical and mental abilities. Maybe even a little identification with her. … [Read more]

The Pressure of Reality: Tyranny of the 24/7 News Cycle

The pressure of reality: What a wonderfully powerful phrase. And connecting the words of poet Wallace Stevens to the ‘tyranny’ of the omniscient, ubiquitous 24/7 news is brilliant. Let me explain. Recently, a good friend asked my opinion on the ongoing debates about Obamacare, the performance of the President with a couple of specific questions … [Read more]

Could You Do That? Sacrifice Yourself?

“Could you do that?” The implication of the question: “Could you sacrifice yourself? My friend and I were watching the recently released film, Megan Leavey and were asking one another if we could lead a platoon of marines as they crossed an IED riddled land which looks like the face of the moon: Afghanistan. The true story … [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]