Category Archives: In the spirit

Choosing hope over worry

We look up. Look down. Look around. Feeling weighed down by the tax season. The cost of living along the Central Coast. Advancing age and the tremors that lurk in the shadows. Quietly, imperceptibly, the tomb closes in. Hopeless. That’s … Continue reading

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Light in the darkness

I can’t forget Christmas bells. This year, a group of us gathered at a local shopping mall to spend a day and night ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. I can still hear the back-and-forth trill of the tinny … Continue reading

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Columnist examines Christmas story 2013

I thought Ross Douthat’s New York Times column this weekend, “Ideas from a Manger,” perfectly captured how the traditional Christmas story reflects three divergent views in our world today. Douthat writes that while the narrative continues to be a “depiction of … Continue reading

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Reza por mi — Time’s POY, Pope Francis

  So much for the online movement to have Miley Cyrus named Person of the Year. Time magazine ignored the posts and videos and took another tack — Pope Francis. Time’s annual anointing remains relevant, even if print magazines really … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving is the most radical of holidays

I’m aware that merchants think this year’s late date is pushing up against holiday shopping, but, still — Thanksgiving already? Deep down it feels like summer just ended, but why argue — and anyway, what’s not to like? Of all … Continue reading

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Joy of the Gospel run contrary to idolatry of money, church practices

Pope Francis had some provocative things to say in his first major piece of writing, released this week as “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Along with a defense of traditional Catholic moral teaching, the Pope continues his argument about … Continue reading

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Nightmare on Elm Street: 50 years later, JFK’s motorcade still makes the turn

Fifty years after, the motorcade still makes that fateful turn, from Houston onto Elm Street. Dealey Plaza. Just a few minutes more and its onto the Stemmons Freeway and the trip to the Dallas Trade Mart for a luncheon speech. … Continue reading

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Len La Barth

At the Sentinel, we called him, “Ballgame.” I think because Len La Barth was a die-hard Philadelphia Phillies’ fan — and reminded us in his take-no-prisoners style of newspapering and competing of Lenny Dykstra, a hard charging Phillies outfielder who … Continue reading

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Easter: Like a rolling stone

Been down. Been raised up. Been in exile. And brought out of Egypt. Been a victim. Took responsibility. Been self-reliant. Well, that didn’t work … Lost it all. Gained everything. Been with family when they died. Was there with my … Continue reading

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First Latin American pope changes history

Pope Francis I has already made history — and that’s saying a lot about the most historic institution in the world. Considering the challenges he faces, however, that may be the easy part for the new pope, the former Cardinal … Continue reading

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