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A Pocket Knife, a Pen, and the Blood of a Dead Pope

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Every day when I come home from work, I empty my pockets and put the items from my pockets into the top drawer of my dresser. I have a separate place for my wallet, my keys, and my rosary. Next to where I keep my keys is a pocket knife that my dad gave to me. The pocket knife is important to me because it belonged to my grandfather, Tom Williams.… Read More

The Death of a Modern-Day Theologian

Saturday, February 18th, 2017
[caption id="attachment_2974" align="alignright" width="300"] Michael Novak and his wife Karen greeting Saint John Paul II[/caption] I have a quote that I want you to read and then tell me if you know who wrote it: “Enjoying what we do is not always a feeling of enjoyment; it is sometimes the… Read More

The Departure of a Hero

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
HeroOn a Thursday evening during the summer of 1971, my dad and I went to Limestone Community High School in Bartonville, Illinois, to register me for the upcoming school year. I had graduated from St. Mark’s Catholic School in May, which was the end of what I considered an eight-year prison term. I got off to a bad start at St. Mark’s. My first-grade teacher… Read More

John Wayne vs. Bruce Jenner

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
John WayneEvery so often, my wife tells me that I’m living in the wrong times. Because of my old-fashioned beliefs, she claims that I would have been better off living during the 1800s. Whenever she comments about this, I remind her that I spent the better part of my early years at my grandfather’s (Tom Williams’s) house, and since he was born in 1898, that’s probably where I picked up a lot of… Read More

Guidelines For A Disgraced Congressman

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
Ben Franklin - 13 Virtues to Moral PerfectionIf you pay attention to the news, you know about the recent resignation of our local U.S. Congressman, Aaron Schock. Schock is currently under investigation for violating federal law while he was in office. Some of the violations include using campaign funds for his own personal benefit, overcharging the government for mileage expenses, and flying around… Read More