Barefoot in the park(ing lot)

The old adage claims, “That which does not kill me only makes me stronger.” For me, I say, “That which does not kill me gives me fodder for my next column.” So be it.

Earlier …

Knowing what we are doing

Today, September 6, I have the privilege to offer Mass for the 10,000th time as a priest. It’s a great source of thanksgiving for me. 

Sometimes people are surprised when other …


“Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising …

An authentic democracy

Those of us who have grown up within the womb of a democratic society may not always recognize how radical the idea behind such a society actually is, nor how fragile its …

Moving in the right direction

There is always considerable movement around us, and as we transition from the relative quiet of summer to a new school year, that movement intensifies — even to the point of agitation …

Redressing anti-Catholic bias in education

There is a strange anomaly in American Constitutional Law as it has come down to us through the Courts: The freedom of private schools, including religious schools, to …


September is already here, many of our children have returned or are returning to school. For many, this is a time excitement, wonder, and new beginnings, yet for some, there …

‘Sitting on the Dock of the Bay’

“Sitting in the mornin’ sun, I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes, watching the ships roll in and then I watch ’em roll away again. I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay watching …

The light in Death Valley

This summer I had the opportunity to share with educators a film that starts with the few stars one can see in the city sky and ends with the spectacular night sky above Death Valley. If you have never seen this sight, go to

The journey of life

What to write? What to write? What to write? Over the last several days these words have swirled through my mind knowing that this article would soon be due. 

Well, my buddy Ken Souza, the editor, sent me a note last night reminding me about the article due date — sending me into a panic.

You are the company you keep?

I honestly have best friends in the world! 

I know you are reading this thinking, “No, I have the best friends,” but we will have to agree to disagree. 

We are well-aware that we are not a normal group of 30-somethings. …


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