Tag Archive: family

What’s your Risk Ratio?

A young man from our community was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday…one day shy of 20 years old and his whole life, presumably, ahead of him. Presumably. In a world that is,… Continue reading

Is there such a thing as original sin?

I can think of little else more horrifyingly unjust than to send an innocent child, a newborn even, to an everlasting, godless existence in hell. A babe just out of the womb, or… Continue reading

The love we need

Another parable. Same ‘he’…different ‘she.’ Sort of. She was poor and downtrodden. With little to call her own and even less hope for a better future, she felt virtually enslaved by her helplessness.… Continue reading

I’m talking to you. Yes, you.

No one will ever accuse me of being too upbeat. Though I would identify as more optimistic than pessimistic, and I do have a sense of humor, I’m more the serious type and… Continue reading

The best gift

Christmas Day is fast upon us, and I pray you have a truly joyous one with your family and loved ones. My siblings and I gather with our families for an evening celebration… Continue reading

It’s not who you are; it’s whose you are

I was raised Catholic by two wonderful, loving, devoted Catholic parents. They took all ten of us kids to Mass every Sunday, and every one of us went to Catholic elementary as well… Continue reading

Why doesn’t God do something? Part 3

Yesterday I continued my reasoning through the reality of suffering and the existence of a good, loving, and all-powerful God. You can read Part 1 here. In Part 2, I argued from the… Continue reading

Why doesn’t God do something? Part 2

Yesterday I began an effort to reconcile the reality of suffering with the existence of a good, loving, and all-powerful God. Please read that post before continuing on with me. Both our parenting… Continue reading

Why doesn’t God do something?

“I prayed every night to God, asking him to rescue me from my father’s abuse. Why didn’t he?” A friend’s niece had suffered terribly at the hands of the man whose responsibility was… Continue reading

Words matter. Listen.

What are you? A human being, for sure. Male or female? Man, woman…boy, girl? Are you a senior citizen, a teenager, a middle-ager? We are all members of the human race, but in… Continue reading

Defending Miley, or Why we don’t have cable

Former teen star, now “adult” performer in every sense of the word, Miley Cyrus lit up the Twittersphere Sunday night with her less than decorous performance at the Video Music Awards. “Miley Cyrus… Continue reading

Truth frees; preferences fail

I come from a very large family. I have five brothers and four sisters, and when we all get together with our immediate clans, we currently total 56. That’s a lot of people… Continue reading

Sin, suffering, and salvation

In struggling to comprehend the reasons why we suffer, why God allows or brings pain into our lives, my thoughts lately have been captured by a new awareness of an age-old reality: we… Continue reading

The fundamental question about marriage – What is it?

Little gets us riled up more than the feeling that our rights are being denied. From way back when we were little tykes and our brother got a bigger scoop of ice cream… Continue reading

Beauty full

Pretty, huh? The fireworks above. I didn’t see any last night, save for a few out my back window about 9:00. None on TV. I’d tell you what time I went to bed,… Continue reading