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Wildfire Halted by the Prayers of an Old Lady

Saturday, October 21st, 2017
On October 14, 2017, a headline on a news website caught my attention: “As everything around him burned, one Napa man’s house somehow survived.” The headline — and the article that followed — was published on the SFGATE.com website, a sister-site of the San Francisco Chronicle. Here’s how the article… Read More

What is a Bump Stock?

Saturday, October 7th, 2017
If you pay any attention to the news, you know about the massacre that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The evidence so far indicates that there was a lone gunman on the 32nd floor of a major hotel who repeatedly shot bullets into a large crowd. He ended up killing 58 people and wounding 489 other people. The crowd that the gunman shot into was gathered for the… Read More

A Game of Chicken

Saturday, May 6th, 2017
[caption id="attachment_3057" align="alignright" width="300"] Francisco and Jacinta Marto[/caption] When I was growing up during the 1960s and 1970s, every so often there would be a news report about a head-on collision between two cars that were driven by teenage boys who had been playing a game of chicken. The way the game was… Read More

A Stubborn Relative

Saturday, October 19th, 2013
StubbornAbout 20 years ago, when one of my relatives was going through some tough times, I tried to get him to commit to praying a rosary every day.  (For the purpose of this article, I’m going to call him “Jim.”)  Over a period of six months, Jim and I met on three separate occasions. Although there were some legal issues concerning his situation, his primary problem was that his wife had cheated… Read More

The Language of the Rosary

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Blessed Virgin MaryI periodically encounter a devout Catholic who is struggling with emotional issues that are causing him or her to experience significant suffering.  After a short discussion about what’s troubling the person, I always ask the exact same question: Do you pray your rosary every day?  The answer is always ‘no.’  Always. Immediately after answering ‘no,’… Read More