Readings of the Day We go through a the graduation season every year: Kindergarten, 8th Grace, High School, College and University. Commencements are always suspicious…I mean, auspicious occasions, where many come together to celebrate accomplishments and to embrace hope for the future. I’ve graduated five times, although I only walked in commencement three times, and […]

I was going through some boxes today, and ran across a notebook from my Clinical Pastoral Education unit with Fr. Gene Sitzman in Cherokee, IA from the summer of 1999. This unit was conducted at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute, and much of our lecture was on mental illness. The page my notebook flipped open […]

Since two Star Wars movies have appeared since I wrote Extreme Machete Order with a Twist in 2014, it’s time for an update. There is one amendment, but most of my thoughts haven’t changed. “What order do I watch the Star Wars movies in?” This is the eternal question since 2005, and there are many […]

Readings of the Day “…I am a Jedi like my father before me.” When Luke Skywalker makes this statement in Return of the Jedi, it’s a high point iof his story. He’s spent most of three movies working to discover who he was and how the Force was part of his life. It wasn’t a […]

The Chaplet of the Precious Blood is a group of prayers composed by Don Francesco Albertini, a Roman priest who later became a Bishop, around 1808. He wrote this and other prayers for a new lay organization he founded: the Confraternity of the Precious Blood. Later on, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, who were […]

Readings of the Day We tend to admire people who can make quick judgements, especially under pressure. It could be a quarterback, reading the defense and changing the play at the line of scrimmage; a police officer or firefighter, in the midst of a dangerous situation who brings order out of chaos; a businessman, in […]

Readings of the Day Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go see the king? What would you expect to find? Great rooms, lavish decorations, precious ornaments, servants, five silver service? A grand mansion, perhaps? I went to see the king on a vacation a few years ago. On my way to […]