The Clothes Make the Man

2020-10-13T03:16:00+00:00October 12th, 2020|Eucharist, GOODNESS|

A few years ago I had the privilege of standing in the sacristy of a Ukrainian church watching a priest friend of mine prepare for Mass. The wonderful liturgies of the Church’s eastern rites (the Byzantine, Maronite, Ukrainian and others) express a richness and complexity of worship that contrasts with the simplicity of the [...]

A New Look at Patience as a Virtue

2020-07-08T02:31:37+00:00May 16th, 2020|GOODNESS, Virtue|

One of my favorite spiritual writers is the 20th century German scholar, Romano Guardini (1885-1969). Don’t let his Italian-sounding name fool you. He was of Italian descent, but he grew up in Germany and had the penetrating intellect and organized mind of a German scholar. Guardini was a Catholic priest, a pastor, and a [...]

The Sweetest Hymn for the Sweetest Gift

2020-07-08T02:20:46+00:00May 16th, 2020|Eucharist, GOODNESS|

If you page through a traditional Catholic hymnbook you will eventually come across the name of Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) in the composer credits at the bottom of a given hymn. That would be Father Frederick Faber, English Catholic priest, convert to Catholicism, and composer of hymns extraordinaires. Fr. Faber made some of the [...]

The Extraordinary Heroism of a Chinese Mother

2020-07-08T02:38:39+00:00May 14th, 2020|GOODNESS, Heroism, Marriage & Family|

If you were to consult a dictionary for terms like “heroism”, “loving perseverance”, “fidelity”, and “longsuffering goodness”, you would likely come across a reference to a little Chinese mother known as Mamma Martina (her Christian name). A retired Italian missionary, who personally knew Mamma Martina, worked in a parish I used to visit some [...]

A Criminal Who Vowed to Become Ten Times Worse

2020-07-08T02:39:12+00:00May 14th, 2020|Generosity, GOODNESS|

A few years ago I met a woman named Carolyn who, with her husband, had joined their church’s prison ministry team and were volunteering at a local prison. We were attending the same seminar where, in small group sharing, she told a riveting story. I honestly don’t recall any other details of the seminar [...]