The Hill We Climb

Here is the Amanda Gorman poem she delivered at the Inauguration of President Biden When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.We’ve braved the belly of the beast.We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of…

How Catholics got conned by Donald Trump – A psychological analysis of the President and his supporters

by Fran Ferder and John Heagle in The National Catholic Reporter (USA), 14 January 2021 It was never about "pro-life." Many Americans, including Catholics, voted for Donald Trump because they believed he was "pro-life." Those who did were conned by the con artist himself. Others knew but did not care that his recently claimed "pro-life" stance and his revolving…

Homily, Christmas 2020

At this time of year, here in the northern hemisphere, we are enduring the shortest and coldest days of the year.  For thousands of years our pagan ancestors used these short winter days to celebrate and look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight. For them the end of December was a perfect…