A Blessed Good Friday

Lost? Crotalus.

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Are You Religious?

Apr 15 Are You Religious?

Last week I was watching The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Bill O’Reilly was on as a guest. The two talked jovially about being altar boys and Fallon said he’d even considered becoming a priest at one point. Bill O’Reilly was there shilling for his new book about Jesus, so the conversation was about both men’s respective experiences with Catholicism. Towards the end of the interview,...

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Ordinations in Dachau

Apr 11 Ordinations in Dachau

Our department’s administrative assistant knows that I’ve traveled to Germany in the past as faculty advisor for our study abroad trip to Luneburg. While there, we visit the Neuengamme concentration camp. A few days ago he gave me a booklet he purchased at Dachau (this is about as close a link as I can get). Aside from the horrific stories about the camp itself, there were occasional...

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Prayers desperately needed

Apr 10 Prayers desperately needed

In case you haven’t heard, there is a standoff in Nevada between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and a rancher by the name of Cliven Bundy.  Mr. Bundy is a rancher, as was his father, and his grandfather, on this particular massive piece of land since the late 1800s.  In 1993, the BLM removed Mr. Bundy’s grazing rights to save a so-called “desert tortoise,” and...

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Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Apr 01 Don’t Believe Everything You Think

This past weekend, Katie and I left the kids with the grandparents and drove to Dallas for the Dave Ramsey Smart Conference. While the opportunity to spend even 24 hours away from the kiddos was rather freeing, the conference provided quite a bit food for thought. The day was filled with speakers from varied professions, each having great perspective and advice, as well as a book to sell. None...

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Moments of Grace in Teaching: Generosity or Obedience

We don’t use Lifeteen resources at our school, except that we like their pretty thorough examination of conscience. As we have a penance service tomorrow, I was going over it with students, which lists neglect of the poor under the 7th commandment. “Mr. Murphy, what if I haven’t been generous with my money because my parents tell me I’m supposed to spend my allowance on...

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