The Theology of Sleep

I have sometimes jokingly told my friends in Opus Dei—the apostolate whose principal characteristic is the sanctification of work—that were I to found a religious movement, I would make its principal characteristic the sanctification of sleep. A poor joke, perhaps, but there is a serious element to it. Theology, being the highest form of knowledge,…

A Famous Exorcist

FAMED EXORCIST PROVED YOU DON’T HAVE TO PLAY THE CLERICAL GAME Although logically we all know the end has to come for everyone, there are certain personalities so indomitable, so larger than life, that in practical terms we come to regard them as virtually immortal. Back in the late 1990s and 2000s, I always said…

Mercy

Mercy by Ellen Wright     Mercy From broken shell suspended Spills without conditions Welcome deluge abundant Covers me In lily white petals Clothes me In fragrant tranquility Flows through Outstretched fingers Like coins   I look up smiling.   Grime of fruitless labor Forgotten at my feet Pools that reflect the starved Grasping desperately…

Jurassic World

Jurassic World Spoiler Alert       by Mike Houtchen   July the 4th it is.  I know because fireworks are banging and blasting all around my house.  And with every bang and blast, Tony, our dog, is going berserk, frantically barking and carrying on.  Shane, my eight-year-old grandson, and I are watching Jurassic World. …

Clericalism

A new front Pope Francis has opened in his bid to reform the Catholic Church may prove one of his toughest challenges yet. But it is also, unquestionably, one of the most important. “I remember now the famous expression, ‘It is the hour of the laity’,” he said in a recent letter to the Pontifical Commission for…