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The Right Way to Begin a Marriage

Saturday, May 30th, 2015
Marriage CeremonyIn June, Georgette and I will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. We were married on June 15, 1980. Prior to our wedding, I asked my Uncle Harry LaHood if he would sing at our wedding Mass. He graciously accepted by telling me that he would be honored to sing at our wedding. One of the songs that we chose for our wedding was “Ave Maria,” which was performed… Read More

I was a god for a day

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
I Am GodAfter I graduated from Saint Louis University law school in 1982, my wife and I moved back to Peoria. At that time, my wife was pregnant with our second child. Shortly after returning to Peoria, I began teaching CCD classes on Sunday mornings at St. Sharbel Catholic Church to seventh- and eighth-grade students. That year, as Christmas approached, I was asked to be Santa Claus at a Christmas party that… Read More

Modern-Day Goddesses

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
KardashiansWhen I was growing up during the 1960s and early 1970s, my favorite movies were Westerns. I’m not sure why. One reason may have been because I watched a lot of television with my grandfather, Tom Williams, and he liked Westerns. Another reason may have been because the heroes in Westerns were always tough, rugged, no-nonsense men who reminded me of the men on the Williams side of the family.… Read More

How We See Ourselves

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
SuperiorLast week, I listened to an audio recording of a presentation that was given by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in the 1950s. During his presentation, Sheen talked about an experience he had while he was a Monsignor in New York. He recounted the following story:

One morning after Mass, while I was in back of the main altar in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, a gentleman… Read More

The Art of Listening

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Listening CartoonLast week, I returned a client file to one of my employees, with instructions on what she needed to do to correct some mistakes she made on a legal document. For the purpose of this article, I’m going to call her “Jane.” Jane had failed to follow some guidelines that I laid out for her when I trained her. Despite the fact that I had reminded her on at least three separate… Read More