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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

Is Getting Drunk a Mortal Sin?

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

On a Saturday evening during the summer of 2001, my three college-age children invited several of their friends over at our house for a party. They started the evening in the kitchen eating pizza and then moved the party downstairs to our family room. The friends were from two large local Catholic families. Georgette and I were friends with their parents, so later in the evening,… Read More

The Countdown Clock Never Stops Ticking

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
On a Sunday afternoon in May 1987, I drove my family to my parents’ house so that we could visit with them. At the time, Georgette and I had four children — Harry, Anna, Maria, and Laura. When we arrived, my mom wished me a happy birthday. I had turned 30 the previous week. After wishing me a happy birthday, my mom’s first question was, “How does it feel to be 30 years old?” Before… 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