December

December 28, 2013

A Duck Hunter Wins One for the Christians

Phil RobertsonOn Christmas morning, my wife sent a text message to me and our children with a link to a YouTube video.  The beginning of the video showed images from the first Christmas.  The audio that played in the background was from the segment of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” where Linus recited the famous passage from the Gospel of Luke: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them….”

December 20, 2013

A Super Ball and the Mother of God

Super BallDo you know when the Super Ball was invented?  It was invented when I was 7 years old (1964), by chemist Norman Stingley.  I first learned about it from seeing commercials on television, which showed the new magical ball soaring into the sky whenever someone threw it against the pavement.  I later got to see it in action firsthand after several of my cousins convinced their mothers to buy them their own Super Balls.

December 14, 2013

The Language of Money

Accumulate WealthDuring my first year of practicing law (1983), I got a call from a young man who had received a speeding ticket.  He was employed by Domino’s Pizza as a deliveryman, and he wanted me to help him keep the ticket off his driving record.  For purposes of discussion, I’m going to call him Jim.

December 7, 2013

Rich Enough To Have An Indoor Bathroom

OuthouseIn March 1990, I interviewed my grandmother, Cecilia LaHood (Grandma Ceil), for an article I was going to write and distribute at an upcoming 80th birthday party her children were planning for her.  Grandma Ceil’s date of birth was April 15, 1910.  During the interview, Grandma told me that her family lived in three different houses during the first six years of her life.  None of those houses had electricity or hot water.  I recorded the interview and later transcribed what Grandma said.  Here’s what she told me about their fourth home:

December 6, 2013

Do Catholics Have to Settle for Rags?

Rags To RichesA couple of weeks ago in an article titled “The Danger of Riches,” after considering the words of Jesus that “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God,” I asked the question, How do you define the word “rich”?

December 1, 2013

MEDITATIONS FOR ADVENT

Holy FamilyAdvent is now upon us. What is Advent? It’s a time of waiting, a time of preparation — spiritual preparation for the anniversary of the coming of Jesus Christ. Instead of making spiritual preparations during Advent, many of us get caught up in the demands of everyday living. Any extra time that we have is spent on the material preparations that have become an annual tradition, such as buying gifts, decorating our homes and work areas, planning parties, and baking treats.

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