The challenges of obedience to an informed conscience

It is plain to see that the concept of truth and moral values has become so distorted. Consider the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence”, a group of anti-Catholic drag nuns doing unimaginable acts, like pole dancing around the cross of Jesus. These so-called “sisters”, who are actually men, were honored yesterday, June 16th by the LA […]

“The Young Seminarian” – The Perspective of a Young Teen Attending a Catholic Seminary, Part II

“Now it takes a good son to be a good priest, as Jesus was. You are longing to be one day “another Christ,” to be to those around you, as a priest, what Jesus was to those who followed Him. But Jesus spent thirty long years in just being a good son to Mary and […]

Dealing with the Bad Stuff in Our Lives

“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 All of us have a conscience, formed out of our sense of right from wrong, guiding our actions and decisions. When we violate our conscience, it can put us ill at ease, even resulting in guilty feelings, which can make us feel inadequate, […]

Fear or Confidence?  Guide to Having a Life with Greater Peace and Joy!

Having celebrated a recent birthday, I took some time to look back, considering all of God’s gifts and graces through the years, which continue to flow despite the all the craziness going on in the world. For me, the key to lasting peace and joy is first believing in God, knowing that life unfolds before […]

The Challenges to Resolving Homelessness

Several months ago, as the Augusta Salvation Army HR Manager, I was given permission to spend more time assisting at The Salvation Army homeless shelter, which is called the Center of Hope. I wanted to meet some of the people whom we serve, and understand their circumstances better, how we case manage them, and observing […]

Part IV – “Young Seminarian” – The Perspective of a Teenage Boy Attending a Catholic Seminary

Bringing the Passion Play to Augusta 1968 was a tumultuous year in our country, with protests over the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War, and demonstrations and even riots following the shooting death of Dr. Martin Luther King, and presidential candidate, Senator Robert Kennedy. I recall our seminary Rector, Fr. William Coleman, being so upset about the […]

Part III – “The Young Seminarian” – The Perspective of a Young Teen Attending a Catholic Seminary

Letters to Home I was fortunate that my mother saved many of the letters I wrote, and those my parents wrote back to me during my three years away at St. John’s. Dad wrote to me regularly about what was going on back in Augusta, while my writings mostly focused on my needs, which always […]

Part I – The Perspective of a 13-Year-Old Attending a Catholic Seminary

Bishop Emeritus Kevin Boland of the Savannah Diocese told me a few years back that the concept of a minor seminary, designed for high school aged boys, was essentially a “hot house”, for young men, to grow their potential vocation to the priesthood.  This method was in full swing in the Fall of 1965, when […]

The Lessons of “Blood and Fire” – Working for The Salvation Army

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20 Almost four years ago, I came out […]

Dealing with the Bad Stuff in Our Lives – Finding Redemption

(Context is important. The writer was born Catholic and attended Catholic school in the pre-Vatican II, Baltimore Catechism world, where right from wrong was made very clear, as were the consequences and remedies to sin.) “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, […]

Dealing with the Bad Stuff in Our Lives – Struggling with the Consequences

I have not come to call the righteous but the sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32 We know we have done wrong. The pangs of a guilty conscience are there as a constant reminder. Joel Osteen tells us to say a prayer, asking for divine forgiveness, and then we are born again, ready to bask in […]