Readings of the day Several years ago, I was doing a chaplain training program in a small town in Iowa. It was a hot summer night, and a couple of my classmates and I went down the local theater to see a movie. It wasn’t a movie that I would have gone to see, but […]

A recent article by James Martin, S.J. in America Magazine retold the story of the Trappist Monks of Notre-Dame de l’Atlas, martyred in Algeria in 1996. The movie Of Gods and Of Men tells their story: how they lived a community of prayer and service to their neighbors, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, in peace for […]

Readings for the Day It seemed that all hope was lost. They knelt on a stairway while a troll was beating on the gate; the enemy was about to break in. When they did, they’d fight to the last warrior, then all they knew and cared for would be gone, history. It was a tense […]

Today is Veteran’s Day, and they deserve all the respect, gratitude, and admiration we can give them. My grandfather was a veteran, as were uncles and cousins, and I respect what they gave of themselves for our country. “Thank you for your service” is probably an overused phrase, and we should definitely do more concrete […]

Readings for the Day I’ve enjoyed watching poker on TV from time to time. Haven’t played it much myself; losing money is against my religion. The psychological drama of the game is interesting: seeing who’s bluffing and who has the best hand, who’s miscalculated his opponents and who gets the right read on them. The […]

Readings for the Day A few years ago there was a movie about a man named Thomas Anderson. He was special, but he didn’t know how special he was. People started chasing him, wanted to corner him and make him work for them, especially a bunch of guys who wore sunglasses. One day he got […]

Readings of the Day Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were God? I don’t do that often, at least not seriously, but stories and movies about the idea have interested me. I’m not a Jim Carrey fan, but I had to check out Bruce Almighty. For those of you who […]


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