Lessons from the “hidden” Japanese Catholics

“We need the priesthood. We need the Eucharist. But what happens if those things are taken away?” The history of the Catholic Church in Japan is complex. For various reasons, the first missionaries had difficulty preaching the Gospel to the Japanese people. Their time in Japan was short – only a little more than forty years after Francis Xavier arrived […]

Following the Brave Shepherd All the Way

The beatification of Father Stanley Rother on September 23 in Oklahoma City, which I was privileged to attend, was unforgettably moving. I feel a little like Saints Peter and John in the Acts of the Apostles when they said, “We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard!” (Acts 4:20). So I would like to share with you […]

St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!   March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, is a religious holiday that has spread into the popular culture–just like the Catholic Irish people have spread throughout our population. More than one in ten Americans are Irish. That’s 36,278,332 Americans, about 11.9% of the population according to the 2008 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Regardless […]