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“Christ and the Rich Young Ruler” is a painting by the German Heinrich Hofmann. Two things about that work strike me. The first is how Hofmann tells the story in the … more
On Sunday, the first reading was from Numbers. Generally, the purpose of the first reading is to thematically set the table for the Gospel. In this case, Joshua jealously complains to Moses about … more
Our daughter-in-law was changing her 2-year-old. The little one looked up at her mother and said, “Mommy, you’re pretty.” Mommy gently kissed her and replied, “Caroline, … more
On Sept. 11, 2002, the Kansas City Star published readers’ reflections on the one-year anniversary of 9/11. This was mine: I don’t think anyone will forget my birthday. Not my 31st, … more
In my homily for the weekend of Aug. 21-22, I chose not to dwell on the second reading (Ephesians 5:21-32), in which St. Paul presents his teaching on married life. Instead, I want to address it … more
“Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” I could picture Athenaeus time-traveling from third century Egypt to our firepit in northwest … more
We had two women graduate our recovery program last week.  One was simply bubbly, with a smile that would melt an iceberg. In another life, she might have been a teacher or a … more
Our world has been facing a health crisis for more than a year now, unprecedented in modern times. More than 4.3 million people have died from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, and we have seen a … more
Another beautiful day — sunny, a gentle breeze and the ocean in mid-tide. With neither the tumultuous swells of high tide, nor the languid waters of low, the sea was undulating and … more
My friend is an Irish nun, an English nurse, and a Peruvian missionary. I met her over 40 years ago when she was an energetic idealist with a call to dress the wounds, cure the sickness, and hold … more
On July 16, 2021, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, issued an apostolic letter motu proprio entitled Traditionis custodes. This document alters Church law on the use of liturgical books from before … more
Overhearing their conversation was unavoidable. It was intense — not heated but genuine, not loud but impassioned. It was not what you would expect from two men standing at an ab … more
We do mission work in Yucatan. Among the many attractions of that Mexican state is the Chicxulub Crater, formed some 66 million years ago when an asteroid crashed into earth, leaving a hole 12 miles … more
It’s not just about the Sacrament of Holy Communion; it’s about the communion of the Church. There’s been much interest in whether the United States Conference of Catholic … more
This editorial, titled “Three questions to consider before posting or commenting on social media,” was published online June 15 by The Catholic Post, newspaper of the Diocese of … more
For nine years of my Priesthood, I was the vocation director for the diocese of Jefferson City. That means I was blessed and honored to travel across 36 counties in rural Missouri to all Catholic … more
I was waiting for the plumber at one of our ministry houses and I decided to rest a minute on the front porch. It was one of those perfect moments. A light rain was falling, the slightest breeze … more
Our granddaughter looked up from her artwork and asked, “Grandpa, what is your favorite color?” “Blue,” I answered, as I always had since a kid. She registered the … more
In the Acts of the Apostles, we see the burgeoning life of the early Christian community and people on fire to share this life with others. It also holds up a mirror in which we can see ourselves … more
Covid has caused many to consider the uncertainty of life. Sales of headstones have increased, and the term “bucket list” is popping up in articles and ads. That’s good. … more
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