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I Don’t Have to Go to Church

It was a strange, unexpected feeling. The timing was ridiculous. It was August 15, the Feast of the Assumption (and my daughter’s birthday). My wife, mother-in-law, and I were getting ready to attend 7 p.m. Mass on this Holy Day. Suddenly, as we...

Tolerance vs. Approval

Tolerance vs. Approval

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions. – G. K. Chesterton I have new neighbors who are instructing me in the fine art of tolerance. In our quiet little neighborhood in Chicago’s distant suburbs, we’ve been blessed to have wonderful...

The Customers in the Cafe

The Customers in the Cafe

“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 Going out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in...

Sneaky Superstition

Sneaky Superstition

Friday the 13th is the feast day of superstition. I’m not sure what faith this feast represents, but it isn’t the Catholic faith but something more sneaky, more insidious. Perhaps you think I’m being a bit severe. Aren’t common superstitions just...

The Worst of Times?

The Worst of Times?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring...

Love and Like

Love and Like

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our...

Twin Persons

Twin Persons

This is the first in what I expect to be a continuing series of reports on my long-term study of the effect of genetics and environmental conditions on the development of twin human beings. Let me make an important disclaimer (actually several) at...