• #metoo

    #metoo, Fear, and Safe Environments

    I’ve been thinking of #metoo in light of the safe environment training that’s required in Catholic churches. Some quick background: One of the US Church’s responses to the abuse scandals of the early 2000s was to mandate safe environment training for all employees and volunteers who worked with minors as well as for students themselves. I’ve been a volunteer or employee in the Church for about a decade now. I’ve been to multiple safe environment classes and part of my job now is to help facilitate some of these classes. Students in Catholic schools and parishes need to attend these safe environment…

  • Diocesan,  Theosis

    The Conquering Healer

    One of my favorite books in high school was Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” There was one detail of the story in particular that intrigued me. Dracula, even though he was spectacularly powerful, couldn’t enter someone’s house unless he was invited in.…

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    To whom shall we go?

    “Do you also want to leave?” That’s the question that Jesus poses to Peter and the apostles at the end of the Gospel reading today. In light of the horrors detailed in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report of the unimaginable…

  • Diocesan,  Lumen Fidei

    The Supernatural Vision of Fr. Kolbe

    I believe it was sometime in June when I signed up to write the reflection on this particular day. To be honest, I wasn’t really paying attention to what the readings were or the feast day, I just picked a…

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    Transgenderism – An Apology

    I want to apologize. Back in 2015 I attended a conference hosted by Courage, a Catholic apostolate for persons with same-sex attraction and their families. One of the talks during that conference was by Deacon Patrick Lappert, MD, a plastic surgeon,…