To Whom Do You Bow?

To Whom Do You Bow?

Our TOBET staff just came home from a presentation to school teachers in a vibrant, faithful Catholic diocese. They were very impressed with the reverent behavior of those who received the Eucharist at Mass. They were even more impressed with those who went up to the...
The Tempest and Hope

The Tempest and Hope

No one would argue, it’s been the season for natural disasters.  Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Katia struck like balls in a batting cage, wham, wham, wham.  In the middle of that ferocious fortnight, Mexico suffered a gigantic earthquake. (For perspective, the San...
Come In, Houston

Come In, Houston

In the middle of the devastating news coming from south Texas this week, there’s strangely been an undercurrent of goodness.  An entire city virtually disappeared under water, but on the news we see nobility on a grand scale.  it’s not the usual parade of human beings...
Rise and Shine, Church!

Rise and Shine, Church!

TOBET got a jolt of theological caffeine over the July 4th weekend!  That is, we were invited to participate in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, sponsored by the USCCB and totally exceeding all our expectations. This event didn’t appear on CNN or 60...
Limits and social media

Limits and social media

This past January, I received a “death threat” via Facebook… my first.  Ironically, it was issued because I am pro-life.  I laughed it off, because the authors were some middle-aged Northeastern women from the so-called peaceful “Women’s March.”  I brashly...
Christmas… it’s about a body

Christmas… it’s about a body

Like every other Christian, I’ve been on a quest for years, for the perfect spiritual Christmas. It’s an admirable search, but Christmas is not solely a spiritual event. It’s about a body. God was already “with us” in Old Testament times, before the birth of Jesus....