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Wildfire Halted by the Prayers of an Old Lady

Saturday, October 21st, 2017
On October 14, 2017, a headline on a news website caught my attention: “As everything around him burned, one Napa man’s house somehow survived.” The headline — and the article that followed — was published on the SFGATE.com website, a sister-site of the San Francisco Chronicle. Here’s how the article… Read More

My Grandmother’s Favorite Priest

Sunday, November 20th, 2016
fultonsheenThere was a famous priest that my grandmother, Effie Williams, loved to talk about. She was personally familiar with him because after he was ordained, he was assigned to her parish — St. Patrick’s Church in Peoria. Whenever she talked about him, her face would light up. The one thing she talked about… Read More

The Real Story of the Young Messiah

Saturday, March 19th, 2016
The Young MessiahA new movie, The Young Messiah, was recently released and is currently being shown in theaters. The movie was adapted from the novel, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, which was written by Anne Rice. The Young Messiah has received mixed reviews and is based on a fictional story about the childhood of Jesus Christ. The movie… 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

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