The Word is Life

Here I am! Send Me!

As I was reading the results of the Iowa caucuses—the first real step in the seemingly eternal quest to become President of the United States—I remembered that I once flirted with the idea of running for public office. I thought...

The Prophetic Voice

You just have to admire Chicken Little. Even in a fable, it takes great courage for a little chick to inform the entire poultry community that the sky is falling. The major flaw in his prophetic message was, to be...

Glad Tidings?

The other morning I was standing in the kitchen listening to the headlines on the early morning news. In a matter of just a few minutes, I was informed of two assaults, a police officer wounded in a random shooting, a...

Winning Big!

The drumbeat during the run up to the largest lottery prize ever has been very interesting to me. The media are having a ball concentrating everyone’s attention on the potential for winning big (as a few good people just did). TV interviews...

I Was Hungry

  Blessed with a hearty appetite and as a man of “generous girth,” I can tell you that I have never been truly hungry. I grew up in a family of fairly portly folks who saw food as a joy in...

Stargazing

Whenever I have gotten away from the perpetual glow of city lights, what has struck me most is the richness of the night sky. Because I see the display so seldom, it is almost impossible for me to stop craning...

In the Flesh

ore than half my adult life was spent in the Los Angeles area. Visitors to the City of the Angels love to stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Embedded in the sidewalk are brass-bordered cement stars bearing the names of...

A Whole Week of “O”

ne of my favorite features of Advent occurs from the 17th to the 23rd of December. Tucked away in the liturgy for those days are seven gems known as the O Antiphons. The full versions of these antiphons are prayed...

A Jubilee of Mercy

This is quite a week for the Church! Pope Francis has opened the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica to proclaim the start of the Year of Mercy. He and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI walked through the doors and now the...

The meaning of TWIL

The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life....