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My Life as a Prisoner

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
PrisonOn the Saturday before Easter in 1969, I picked up the telephone and dialed the number for my Uncle Tony Couri’s house.  At that time, I was 11 years old.  I wanted to ask my cousin Gene Couri, who was the same age as I was, if his family was planning to go to our grandparents’ house for Easter.  Gene and I shared the same grandparents, Tom and Effie Williams, and they had invited their children and… Read More

A Crisis of Faith

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
The dictionary defines “crisis” as “an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending, especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome.” Prior to his death, the great theologian and Jesuit priest Fr. John A. Hardon (1914-2000) said that there was a crisis of faith in the Catholic Church.  In summarizing the crisis, he described the three states of mind that exist among different segments of the Catholic population:

1.  Catholics who are in open rebellion against the faith.  They believe that as children they were brainwashed… Read More

The Pornographic Mind

Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Trial By FireAfter starting my own law practice in 1983, the first lawyer who hired me to help him with some of his client files was Raymond (Ray) Rose, a well-known Peoria injury and malpractice trial attorney.  In addition to paying me to work on his files, Ray taught me the fundamentals of how to handle clients, question witnesses, conduct depositions, and prepare cases for trial. Among insurance defense attorneys,… Read More

The Linguistics of Suicide

Saturday, April 13th, 2013
Suicide-WarrenOn Friday, April 5, Michael Warren, the 27-year-old son of Rick Warren, a well-known evangelical Christian pastor and author, committed suicide.  You may have heard of Rick Warren.  He’s the author of the best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, which has been purchased by more than 30 million people worldwide. Rick Warren is also the founder and pastor of Saddleback… Read More

The Role of Women in the World

Thursday, April 11th, 2013
Last week, at a general audience, Pope Francis touched on the role of women in the Catholic church.  He started out by discussing the importance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and then, in a bold expression of the importance of women in the church and in society, stated:

Today, however, I would like to dwell … on testimony in the form of the accounts that we find in the Gospels.  First, we note that the first witnesses to this event were the women.  At dawn, they go to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, and find the first sign: the empty tomb. (Mark 16:1)


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