I’ll take a knee

Last weekend we marked Veterans Day. With it still so close in the rearview mirror, I’d like to keep it as the theme for my column this edition, sprinkled with a little Thanksgiving …

Attitude of gratitude

12 November 2017 — Homeport — Stewardship Sunday 

Next week, our nation observes Thanksgiving Day. This civic holiday’s religious …

The saintly character of Solanus Casey

Father Solanus Casey, who will be beatified this Saturday in Detroit, will quickly become, I believe, the most popular American ever raised to the altars. 

Until …

Harvesting where God does not sow

The ultimate challenge to evangelization in every parish is reaching beyond the walls of the building to the greater community beyond. Most parishes are so busy …

Destroying my freedom — in the name of freedom

In an August 2015 column in The Washington Post, George F. Will argued in favor of physician-assisted suicide, summing up his perspective this way: “There is nobility …

Does toxic masculinity have a counterpart?

In a large segment of the popular culture, there has been a disturbing analysis of recent events which tries to explain why there have been acts of reprehensible …

Thanking God ahead of time for the beatification of Solanus Casey

The Saturday before Thanksgiving, on November 18, an American Capuchin priest named Solanus Casey will be beatified in Detroit, 60 years after his death …

Come share the Master’s joy

God entrusts us with so much, He gives us each specific gifts and talents; in return, He asks that we go out and use them for the betterment of others. Like the three servants …

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow way up high. There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby.”

 Though I never met Judy Garland (she was a little …

Charity begins at home — and goes viral

The Internet is perhaps the most consequential tool of the modern age. It has connected everyone with a router or Wi-Fi connection to a realm of information …

Change: Lean in to the adventure

I smiled as I read the quote attributed to Charles Darwin. It read, “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage …

I’m sorry

I’m sorry. Those two small words sometimes are very difficult to say and sometimes they can be difficult to hear and accept from someone who has hurt us. …

Our responsibility to share Christ’s love

It is my practice to stand at the outside of the church before the start of Sunday Mass. I’m not sure when I started doing so, but I do know why. When we gather at the Table, …

Prayer intention(ally)

As I write this, I am in the midst of preparing for our biggest retreat of the year. Our Freshman Retreat is one of the highlights of most Stang students’ high school careers. Our …

Can you hear me now?

People have asked me how did I come to be a deacon? Being a deacon is a vocation — a call from God. Becoming a deacon has been an amazing journey. As we all know, hindsight …



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