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From Whiner to Winner

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
WinnersLast week, I wrote about how I was able to convince a prosecuting attorney to agree to reduce a felony charge to a misdemeanor for a client who had been accused of committing a serious crime. The attorney accused me of being a whiner when I refused to stop pushing him to work with me. In the end, I got what I wanted; he agreed to reduce the charge. I had forgotten about the incident with the prosecuting attorney until… 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

The American Way

Saturday, July 6th, 2013
American WayLast week, I reread two documents: the U.S. Constitution, which was written more than 200 years ago, and The Communist Manifesto, which was written more than 150 years ago.  James Madison and the other authors of the Constitution were primarily concerned with guaranteeing the freedom and liberty of all Americans by placing severe limitations on the power of the federal government. … Read More

Envy – The Viral Passion

Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Hell came into existence because of the pride and envy of Lucifer and his followers. Lucifer envied God’s perfection and authority over him. He also envied the happiness of our first parents and did everything in his power to alienate them from God. Because of our fallen human nature, we all desire respect, praise, honor, and glory. We become envious of others who possess gifts or qualities that we don’t possess. Envy occurs when we focus on ourselves rather than on others. It can spread like a virus and infect groups of people and entire nations. Fr. John A. Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary defines envy as:… Read More

Predominant Tendencies and Primary Faults

Sunday, November 18th, 2012
We were all born with a strong tendency toward pride, the mother of all sins.  Because of our fallen human nature, we were also born with a tendency toward each of the other root passions of lust, anger, avarice, envy, gluttony, and sloth; furthermore, as a result of the individual unique traits that each of us were born with, combined with the environment we grew up in and our life experiences, we each entered adolescence, and later adulthood, with a predominant tendency toward one of the other six root passions. A predominant tendency toward anger, envy, or sloth can oftentimes be recognized in a child, while a predominant tendency toward… Read More