Someone heading toward me that I know is going to ask for money, I tense up. Why? I'm not physically intimidated. Certainly, giving them a dollar isn't going to break me.
His wife had been unfaithful and now she wanted to come back. He was willing to consider. I admired his openness to forgiving.
There are lots of interesting stories about the early years of discovery in Southern California. Many are not true, but that doesn’t mean the actual truth is completely known.
Jesuit Father Jean de Brebeuf, in France for his final vows in 1633, returned to his difficult missionary life in Quebec. When someone would comment on the many hardships he endured living among the Huron Indians, he would respond, “Compared to the end, this is roses.”
Let's say the court finds Kermit Gosnell guilty of killing babies after delivery, instead of before — where the law permits it. Now he has to be sentenced. If I were the judge, I would surely want to be fair, regarding the killing of born babies.
People look at Dr. Kermit Gosnell and wonder, how could he kill aborted babies born alive? Don’t wonder. He could well be just like a lot of doctors you know.
Fr. Callistus Sweeney, OFM is thin and ascetic looking. His easy laughter is surprising if you didn’t realize Christian asceticism includes good humor. We talked after the 8 a.m. English Mass at the Franciscan Chapel Center in Tokyo.
We didn’t go to Hara Castle. I wanted to, just to stand on holy ground – but that’s about all there is left, plus some wall ruins of the fortress. And it was a long journey.
In the more than 50 years he had been here, had he seen Catholicism grow in Japan? I was talking with Jesuit Father Jose Aguilar, who lived at the Jesuit Residence by the 26 Martyrs Museum in Nagasaki. He was from Guadalajara.
Martyrdom so steadfastly accepted by such youths is especially awesome. And who would have blamed them for surrendering? Yet these boys seem to have all been very devoted to the faith, and their intrepidity demonstrates a Holy Spirit not about to abandon them in their hour of need.