CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Catholic School Principal Kenneth Farr

CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Catholic School Principal Kenneth Farr

In the words of the American writer William Arthur Ward, ”The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The wise teacher inspires.” Kenneth Farr, M.A., the new principal at St. David Catholic School in Richmond, CA, as of July 1, inspires. To become principal at age 26, after just five years…

The Sobering Story of the Pope Who Begged for Help from Purgatory

The Sobering Story of the Pope Who Begged for Help from Purgatory

Reigning from 1198 to 1216, Pope Innocent III was one of the most influential and important popes of his era. He granted Francis of Assisi and his small band of followers permission to found the Order of Friars Minor; he convened the Fourth Lateran Council which, among other things, dogmatically defined the doctrine of transubstantiation;…

The Power of St Michael the Archangel in our life and especially in our time of crisis

The Power of St Michael the Archangel in our life and especially in our time of crisis

The selection of Saint Michael as our parish’s patron in 1857 certainly was inspired. Who could be a better champion in “Hell’s Kitchen” than that heavenly soldier wielding the sword, as the great statue in our church shows him? As angels are pure spirit and sublime intelligence, it is tempting for mortals of flesh and…

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…

Doctor Describes Miracle in AIDS Treatment: Affirms Benedict XVI’s View on Halting Disease

Doctor Describes Miracle in AIDS Treatment: Affirms Benedict XVI’s View on Halting Disease

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 12, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A doctor dedicated to helping African AIDS patients is affirming that these people are “coming back to life,” but adds that he sees an even greater miracle in his work. Doctor Elard Alumando (pictured above), the director of DREAM — Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition — in…

Saints “Go Against the Flow”

Saints “Go Against the Flow”

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a saint?  Yes, following whatever Our Lord invites us to embrace, of course.  But doesn’t it often seem like the most reasonable course of action, especially in controversial situations, is the “middle road?”  But, who defines the “middle”—is it culture? peers? media? Pope Benedict XVI culls…

Five New Saints Canonized!

Five New Saints Canonized!

From the Vatican: VATICAN CITY(VIS)—At 10 a.m. today the Holy Father celebrated the Eucharist in the Vatican Basilica. During the ceremony he canonised five blesseds: Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski, Polish former archbishop of Warsaw and founder of the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary; Francesc Coll y Guitart, Spanish professed priest of the…

The Most Reverend Cirilo Flores: The Most Recent in Apostolic Succession

The Most Reverend Cirilo Flores: The Most Recent in Apostolic Succession

Mark McElrath, vice president of the clothing manufacturer DaRue of California, gives a gripping first-hand account of a rarely seen event in the United States, namely, the ordination of a bishop, the newly ordained Bishop Cirilo Flores (pictured above).. —ed. Since the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon those gathered in the…

Yearning for the Authentic

Yearning for the Authentic

Throughout human history, there has never been a shortage of men and women willing to point humanity along the right path. Nor have the needs of the human family ever been a secret: food, shelter, purposeful work, companionship, freedom, forgiveness, acceptance, and love.