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Protection From A Tornado

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
TornadoThe recent tornado that ripped through Washington, Illinois, destroyed the home of my office manager, Kenna.  When she heard the sirens and realized what was going on, she barely had enough time to wake her daughter and get her out of bed to run down to the basement of their house.  As soon as they got down the stairs, the tornado took out her daughter’s bedroom and then tore through the rest of the… Read More

The Danger of Riches

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Monopoly MoneyAt about 1:30 on a Friday afternoon 13 years ago, I took a break from work and sat down to eat a quick lunch.  While I was eating, I glanced through a multipage sales letter I had received from a company I had never heard of.  The owner of the company claimed that he was a multimillionaire, and he was promoting a three-day conference in Las Vegas, where (he promised) he would teach… Read More

The New Notre Dame Sports Complex

Sunday, November 10th, 2013
Sports Complex Last week, while attending a local event, I ran into a woman who is a retired schoolteacher; I’m going to call her Jane (not her real name).  Jane is a devout Catholic who was employed by the District 150 school system for more than 30 years.  Prior to her retirement, she was a teacher at a local high school.  A majority of her students were African American. Jane started out our conversation… Read More

Relationships, Familiarity, and Contempt

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
ContemptAbout 10 years ago, an adorer called our home to let us know that he and his wife were not going to be able to cover their holy hour.  (For the purpose of this article, I’m going to call him Frank.)  At the time of the call, Frank and his wife were in their late 70s.  Since no one was home to answer the telephone, Frank left a message on our answering machine. In his message, Frank started out… Read More