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The Burial of a Loved One

Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Burial of JesusWhen I was 13 years old, a cousin of mine died as a result of a tragic accident.  He was 11 years old at the time of his death.  The day after he died, my parents and I went over to his parents’ house to visit his family.  I went with my parents because I had been a good friend of my cousin and still was a good friend of his older brother. While my parents were in the house,… Read More

A Heart-Wrenching Experience

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Pieta - Jesus and MaryI’ve previously shared some of my experiences in growing up in a family of 17 children.  All of my brothers and sisters are still living, except for Kathryn Mary, my parents’ 15th child.  At the time of her death, Kathryn was 13 months old. Kathryn was born on September 13, 1972.  Within a couple of days of her birth, her doctors discovered that she had… Read More

The Queen of Martyrs

Saturday, March 15th, 2014
crucifixionAbout 15 years ago, I met a couple whose 20-year-old daughter was instantly killed when her car was hit by a train.  She died five minutes after she walked out of her parents’ home.  She was on her way to class at Illinois Central College.  When she left the house, her mother told her goodbye and told her that she looked beautiful. The young college student obviously had not seen the… Read More

Controlling your Mind, Emotions, and Body

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Mind Body SoulThe spring semester of my junior year in college (1978) was the best semester I ever had as a college student.  It was also the most challenging.  I had a full load of 300-level classes in accounting and business and competition among the students was very tough. In one of my accounting classes, the teacher routinely assigned as homework 10 of the 60 problems that were provided after each… Read More

Ash Wednesday and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
[caption id="attachment_1865" align="alignleft" width="300"]Philip Seymour Hoffman - Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire Philip Seymour Hoffman - Plutarch in Catching Fire[/caption] You may have heard about the death last month of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  He died from an overdose of drugs.  I initially heard about Hoffman’s death from my 17-year-old… Read More