Today I’m following up on my last post about the priest who committed suicide in the rectory a block down the street from my house. In my post I mentioned that, in my view, this priest (and anyone else who has committed suicide) must have lost all hope. To me, a person can only take his or her own life if steeped in utter hopelessness. (more…)
The pastor of the Catholic parish a block down the street from my house committed suicide this past weekend. Two members of the staff found his body just before holy Mass was to begin Sunday morning. The priest’s suicide left the entire congregation in shock, and shocked me, too, even though I’m not a member of that parish. (more…)
Since his election to the papacy on March 13, 2013, I’ve been following Pope Francis – at times actively, and at times passively, but always keeping me eye on him via the Catholic newspapers, Internet sites, and Vaticanist news bulletins. Although I was initially skeptical about what kind of pope Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio would become, I now find myself liking what I see. And hear.
I appreciate his simplicity and directness, and I appreciate even more that he practices what he preaches. He’s asked the Church to pare down, be attentive to the needs of those (more…)
Friends, I have the great pleasure of sharing with you about a priest from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee that makes my list of “People I Most Admire.” In spite of – or perhaps because of – his deafness, Fr. Christopher Klusman is one of the most joyful people I know. Read more…