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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

An Insider’s Secret To Success

Saturday, September 5th, 2015
Insider SecretLast week I told you about the nice-guy prisoner who had a lot going for him but ended up in prison because he did “stupid stuff.” For the purpose of this article, I’m going to call him “Rick.” When Rick and I met in my office, he told me that after graduating from high school, he attended a trade school and became certified in a well-known trade. He was later hired by a company… Read More

The Key to the Side Door

Saturday, July 25th, 2015
KeyLast week, I wrote about an experience I had during the summer of 1974. At that time, I was 17 years old. I had a part-time job at the Ramada Inn in downtown Peoria, and one Saturday night after work, I drove to the Shrine Mosque in downtown Peoria to see if I could catch the second half of a show that featured a professional barbershop quartet. The quartet had won the previous year’s international competition… Read More

Ash Wednesday and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
[caption id="attachment_1865" align="alignleft" width="300"]Philip Seymour Hoffman - Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire Philip Seymour Hoffman - Plutarch in Catching Fire[/caption] You may have heard about the death last month of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  He died from an overdose of drugs.  I initially heard about Hoffman’s death from my 17-year-old… Read More

A Lesson In Humility

Friday, July 26th, 2013
Humility - C S LewisLast week I suffered through a humiliating experience that completely blindsided me.  In hindsight, I probably should have seen it coming, but I didn’t.  I ordinarily don’t have any problems sleeping, but this particular experience left me so shell-shocked that I had trouble sleeping for several nights after it occurred.  All I could do was lie in bed, rosary beads in hand,… Read More