What I’m writing about today.
His photograph stands framed on the nightstand next to my bed. It’s a 1917 portrait of my grandfather in his World War I doughboy uniform. He strikes an impressive [...]
I feel the rush like everyone else when the singer belts out the “Star Spangled Banner” before the beginning of each Chicago Blackhawks hockey game. My heart races when [...]
Renewing the Military Draft?
Recent tension between the US and Iran have renewed debate about the need for a military draft in the event of an escalation of hostilities between the two nations. [...]
Where is God in War?
I believe God is on the sidelines in war not choosing sides, not favoring one nation over another. God isn’t sitting on the Christian side and opposing the Muslim [...]
Bishop Urges Catholics to Reject War
On January 10, 2020, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, the former bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Detroit, issued a call to Catholics to end their complicity in war. Following [...]
A Priest Forever
My dream as a young boy, teen-ager and young man was to serve God as a priest. That dream kept returning as I tried new careers, met knew [...]
The Phu Bai Chapel
Churchly spire In the midst of war, A weekly respite of Comfort and familiarity. Tiny organ Pumping chords of Cherished melodies And boyhood memories. Images of war Cast aside [...]
Voices of Veterans
I volunteered to join an advisory board that oversaw a federal grant for mental health services for veterans and families. The work was tedious and at arms-length from the [...]