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Returning to the Garden

Returning to the Garden

For most Americans, the month of September marks a turning point where the fall season is in clear sight – leaves slowly begin turning colors, the morning air has a subtle unmistakable crispness, and social media fills with friends’ shameless promotions of pumpkin...

Hungry for Reality

Hungry for Reality

At my last haircut, the stylist relayed her excitement from her family’s recent experience of using a virtual reality (VR) headset. Now first, for any fellow elder Millennials out there (i.e., those older than their twenties) who feel out of touch with the times, a VR...

Tending the Sheep

Tending the Sheep

Sheep have been appearing regularly in the Mass readings the past month. A few weeks ago, we heard the warning to the shepherds in Jeremiah 23. The following week, we saw Jesus moved with pity for the people, who seemed like sheep without a shepherd, and sang Psalm...

The Heroic Fatherhood of Priests

The Heroic Fatherhood of Priests

Fr. Paul Schulte, Oblate of Mary Immaculate (©"The Flying Priest Over The Arctic" by Fr. Paul Schulte, Harper & Bros, 1940.) Meet Fr. Paul Schulte, an Oblate of Mary Immaculate and the sort of priest you’d love to have had for your spiritual father.  Paul was in...

Spiritual Priesthood for Every Man

Spiritual Priesthood for Every Man

Twenty-some years ago, I was flying back from speaking in the Caribbean when God suddenly decided to speak to me. Sometimes, when God invades my being so personally, I cry profusely. This was one of those times. As we flew over the turquoise-blue water of the Bahamas,...

Spiritual Fatherhood

Spiritual Fatherhood

"To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others." –Saint John Paul II It's dinnertime for the family. Kids bring over dishes and help set the table....

Saint Joan For Our Age

Saint Joan For Our Age

The theme of our times, the thread that passes through every aspect of our lives in these 2020’s, is mistrust. We’ve been betrayed, misled and deceived so many times, and by so many we should have been able to rely on. There’s no need to catalogue the betrayals. The...