What’s Behind all the Hustle and Bustle?

What do you really want for Christmas? Many times during my life I’ve heard people say, “Well, it just won’t be Christmas without…”   You can fill in the blank.  Snow? A Vacation? The Christmas Bonus? Presents? The, “Elf on the Shelf?”  Christmas lights? The holiday bread that Grandma makes?  “It’s a Wonderful Life?” Christmas carols?  A live Christmas tree? Gaudy […]

Cletus The “Cuss Pig”

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak.” (Matthew 12:26) I have to admit, every time I read these words in Scripture, I get a little nervous. We are living in an age in which we are flooded with words – through advertising, TV, internet, and music. Like anything […]

Modern “Spectacles”

This past semester I had the joy of teaching an honors-elective course to high school Seniors entitled, “Great Catholic Thinkers.”  The former instructor of the course, a very charismatic and brilliant young priest, always said that taking this course was a bit like “roller skating through the Uffizi.”  He had a valid point.  I would add that while teaching it, […]

Will We Know Our Loved Ones in Heaven?

In last week’s article, A Match Made in Heaven, I remembered a promise made to my cousin.  This article fulfills the promise – a letter to his new bride. Dear Erin, First of all, I welcome you to our family!  You made such a lovely bride and the wedding was so beautiful. It was a day that I will not […]

SPD and the Prince of Peace

Reflections of a Catholic High School Teacher  – SPD and the Prince of Peace A few weeks ago, one of my sophomore students showed up in class wearing a rather interesting sweatshirt. I glanced up and noticed that he had placed one of the drawstrings of his hoodie into one his ears, and the other drawstring was placed into the […]