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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

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

An Icon of the Good Samaritan

Saturday, September 10th, 2016
mother-teresa-and-childThe number one Catholic in the world, Pope John Paul II, called her “an icon of the Good Samaritan.” The number one atheist in the United States, Christopher Hitchens, called her “a religious fundamentalist, a political operative, [and] a primitive sermonizer.” Planned Parenthood called her a “very… Read More

Perfect Hate

Saturday, August 6th, 2016
Hate YouDuring the late 1970s, while I was in college, I met a young man — I’ll call him John — who was born in the Middle East. John immigrated to the United States when he was a teenager. He was a few years older than me and it seemed as though every time I saw him, we ended up talking about religion, politics, and the volatility in the Middle East.… Read More