He’s a Good Man

He’s a Good Man

“…he is a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.” That’s how the author of Acts describes  the apostle Barnabas. That simple description—a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith—stuck in my mind as I read the words. Stop for a moment. Think of your day today.  This week. Your work,…

Media Dust, Ethics, and Truth in a pandemic

Media Dust, Ethics, and Truth in a pandemic

A frivolous amount of media dust has arisen regarding a proper name for the virus turned pandemic. Some say it’s wrong if the name offends anyone. Others callout leaders for not being politically correct in the name they use.  But there’s no ethical merit in naming a thing according to whether or not it offends.…

The Dire Need for the “Wisdom Books”

The Dire Need for the “Wisdom Books”

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of every human being.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) Many of the headlines and pundits over the past 20-30 years state the same mantra, that “this country has lost its moral compass”, or that we…

The Link Between Atheists, Agnostics and Mass Shooters

The Link Between Atheists, Agnostics and Mass Shooters

After two more horrific, senseless and random killing sprees worldwide — one in New Zealand and the other in the Netherlands — the media and the world once again ask the questions, “Who is doing this?” and “How can we prevent it?” Just recently, in New Zealand, a self-proclaimed “eco-fascist” murdered 50 Muslims attending a…

Question: “Why do no miracles occur nowadays?”

Question: “Why do no miracles occur nowadays?”

“Why, it is asked, do no miracles occur nowadays, such as occurred in former times?” wrote Saint Augustine of Hippo, who lived from 354 to 430 A.D.. This same question asked in the early 5th century is not so different from one asked by thousands of Christians throughout the world today. People often wish they…

Fackenheim’s Law and the Current Catholic Crisis

Fackenheim’s Law and the Current Catholic Crisis

First Things—The medieval Jewish sage Maimonides counted 613 commandments, or mitzvot, in the Law that God gave his people, Israel. The 20th-century Jewish philosopher Emil Fackenheim, who escaped the Nazis’ genocidal clutches and devoted part of his scholarly life to pondering the moral meaning of the Holocaust, formulated what he called the 614th commandment: Give…

A Road Map for Deepening our Catholic Faith in 2010

A Road Map for Deepening our Catholic Faith in 2010

 If you are like most people, it is very likely you have made at least one New Year’s resolution to kick off 2010.  The typical list may include losing weight, quitting smoking, drinking less and exercising more.  Sound familiar?  But, how often do we make firm resolutions to help us become better Catholics?  What can…

A Christmas Rebellion?

A Christmas Rebellion?

As we continue through the wonderful 12 days of Christmas, columnist Randy Hain reflects on the days leading up to the celebration of Christ’s birth this year in the wider marketplace. An interesting read! Were your experiences similar to his? —ed. I have been pleasantly surprised this Christmas.  I was prepared to receive a tidal…

Reflections on the Great Jubilee 2000 +10

Reflections on the Great Jubilee 2000 +10

As we rapidly approach the Christmas Eve vigil of 2009, I am reminded of another Christmas Eve just 10 years ago, a Christmas Eve that I had spent six years preparing for in a special way.  The late Holy Father, the recently named Venerable John Paul II said the Great Jubilee 2000 was the event…

120 Years of St Catherine’s Military Academy  Forming Young Men of Virtue One Boy at a Time…

120 Years of St Catherine’s Military Academy Forming Young Men of Virtue One Boy at a Time…

A 120th anniversary is quite an accomplishment. There are few economic enterprises which can claim that level of continuous performance. St Catherine’s Military Academy in Anaheim, California is one of them. Founded in 1889 by Mother Pia Backes, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, the school has shown an amazing ability to…

New Mission Territory

New Mission Territory

Look around after Mass or observe the folks attending ministry meetings and parish events and ask yourself: “Where are all the young adults?” According to the Fast Facts on Young Adults page listed on the USCCB website, the Church defines “young adults” as 18-40 years of age and says that 40% of Catholics today belong…

Priorities and a Life Filled with Meaning

Priorities and a Life Filled with Meaning

This is the second half of a talk I gave to the Catholic Business Leaders Breakfast at Sacred Heart Parish on October 9th , 2009.  The first part of the talk was on my conversion into the Catholic Church in 2006 with my wife and sons after I spent 23 years in the “spiritual wilderness”—a…

Yes!

Yes!

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen. For quite some time, I have had a desire to write about my…

The Need to Have an Interior Life

The Need to Have an Interior Life

Friends-good morning.  In Eucharistic Adoration this week I read a meditation from In Conversation With God, by Francis Fernandez, which absolutely got my attention.   Here is an excerpt which I hope will resonate with you and make you reflect on your actions as it has with me. EXCERPT FROM In Conversation with God, by Francis…

Straight Talk

Straight Talk

It is time for a little straight talk about the need for…straight talk.  Over the last several years there has been an alarming increase in “doublespeak”, hidden agendas, political polarization and misrepresentation of the facts by our government.  For the most part, they have been actively aided and abetted in their efforts by the media. …

Living Examples

Living Examples

Friends-good morning.  I came across this passage from In Conversation With God and would like to share it with you.  It really made me stop and reflect this morning and I hope you also find it helpful.  Have a great day.   In Christ, Randy Living Examples (An excerpt from In Conversation With God by Francis…

Surrender and Strength

Surrender and Strength

“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.” — St. Ignatius Loyola What is the connection between surrender and strength?  Surrendering to Christ and putting His will before my own for the first…

Why Iran Matters to Catholics Like You and Me

Why Iran Matters to Catholics Like You and Me

As the street protests in Iran move into their second week we must wonder, just what is it, that is taking place?  There are so many questions and so little information from commentators with the experience to tell us just what it is that is happening.  The first question that comes to mind is, just…