My New Hero

We need more people like Greg Smith in the corporate world. He resigned from Goldman Sachs and unveiled a culture that has lost it’s way in the process. From the NY Times: For more than a decade I recruited and mentored candidates through our grueling interview process. I was selected as one of 10 people […]

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End the R-Word

L’Arche USA and special olympics and a host of other organizations have taken time out today to remind all of that that using the word “retarded” has never been an appropriate synonym for “stupid.”. In my family this is nothing new and we’ve never used it in this manner and if we thought about doing […]

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Day 10: 50 Day Giveaway: Justice

Evelyn Brady is the head of our parish’s human trafficking committee. She also confuses my name all the time and I poke fun at that. I’m really not offended, no really I’m not. She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve met at St Joe’s and boy, does she have a heart for justice. Tonight we […]

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Gibson: Can Any of Us Avoid Cooperating with Evil?

David Gibson has an interesting take on the HHS debate which is tough to argue with. It’s similar to what I’ve been struggling with when I’ve said things like “Aren’t we already cooperating with evil just by dealing with the healthcare companies in general?” It seems, in general, it would be hard not to. A […]

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Video: Hearts Broken in Vanceburg

Here’s our video from our alternative break at Glenmary in Vanceburg, KY. I thought it would be appropriate since it talks of broken hearts—in a good way. The trip renewed my energy for ministry (many of my colleagues can’t understand how I wasn’t exhausted by week’s end). And I now have a special bond with […]

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An Old Man’s Advent Dream

Deacon Bill Ditewig, one of my heroes, wrote possibly the most beautiful advent reflection I’ve read to date. Here’s a snip: Right now we have many Catholics who don’t even like to reach out and take someone else’s hand at the greeting of peace before communion. Those folks are really not going to like my […]

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Kim Jong Il Dead: What’s Next for North Korea?

It’s a dangerous time for North Korea (and the world) now that Kim Jong Il is dead. Nicholas Kristof of the NY Times shared this snip on Facebook moments ago. North Korea is by far the most repressive and totalitarian country I’ve ever visited; it makes Syria or Burma seem like democracies. In North Korea, […]

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