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A Catholic Judge Meets the Eternal Judge

Saturday, July 27th, 2013
Judge GavelI can remember it like it was yesterday — my first hearing before a judge that involved a significant legal issue.  I was 26 years old, and it was during my first year of practicing law (1983).  The day before the hearing, I received a telephone call from John Mathers, the attorney I was renting an office from.  He was out of the state on business and wasn’t going to be back in time… Read More

A Lesson In Humility

Friday, July 26th, 2013
Humility - C S LewisLast week I suffered through a humiliating experience that completely blindsided me.  In hindsight, I probably should have seen it coming, but I didn’t.  I ordinarily don’t have any problems sleeping, but this particular experience left me so shell-shocked that I had trouble sleeping for several nights after it occurred.  All I could do was lie in bed, rosary beads in hand,… Read More

A Dress Code For The Courtroom

Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Dress CodeOne day about 20 years ago, I needed to have a court order signed by one of the judges at the Peoria County Courthouse.  I walked over to the courthouse from my downtown office.  When I entered the courtroom, the only people present were the judge and a local area attorney.  As soon as I walked up to the judge to ask him to sign the order, he said, “Where’s your jacket?” The dress code… Read More

The Language of the Rosary

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Blessed Virgin MaryI periodically encounter a devout Catholic who is struggling with emotional issues that are causing him or her to experience significant suffering.  After a short discussion about what’s troubling the person, I always ask the exact same question: Do you pray your rosary every day?  The answer is always ‘no.’  Always. Immediately after answering ‘no,’… Read More

The Language of a Victim

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
VictimOne of my greatest challenges is controlling the way that I talk to myself.  Whether we realize it or not, most of the talking we do is to ourselves.  We’re experts at getting ourselves worked up over a situation, generating self-righteous indignation toward others, and convincing ourselves that we’re right and others are wrong. Last week I spent more than six hours on the telephone with a second-tier… Read More