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The Death of the Playboy

Saturday, September 30th, 2017
The year was 1970. I was in the eighth grade at St. Mark’s school in Peoria. I remember the day like it was yesterday. One of my classmates — I’ll call him Paul — brought a Polaroid picture to school to show to his friends. Paul and I were the same age — 13 years old. The person in the picture was the girlfriend of Paul’s… Read More

Hot Pants and Royalty

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
[caption id="attachment_2770" align="alignright" width="300"]Prince William and Princess Kate during their Royal Tour of Canada in 2011 Prince William and Princess Kate during their Royal Tour of Canada in 2011[/caption] When I was growing up, my mom cooked a big meal for our family… Read More

Would the Mother of God Ever Wear Jeans?

Saturday, December 19th, 2015
JeansI’ve written before about the first time I went Christmas shopping alone with my mom. It was in 1969, when I was 12 years old. At that time, my parents had 13 children — seven boys and six girls — all of whom were living at home. One of the things I remember about that trip was the huge buildings downtown, all of which had big, heavy entrance doors. I remember the entrance doors because it was… 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

Weak: “having little physical power or ability”

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
For some unknown reason, during the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about the 10 principal virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  As a reminder, the 10 principal virtues are (1) her profound humility, (2) her lively faith, (3) her blind obedience, (4) her continual mental prayer, (5) her mortification in all things, (6) her surpassing purity, (7) her ardent charity, (8) her heroic patience, (9) her angelic sweetness, and (10) her divine wisdom. In an article I published in the Adoration Letter seven years ago (September 6, 2006) about the principal virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I said the following:

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