Correction of December 15 Writing

December 17, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, In my last writing I wrote about the book and film, Unbroken. I had assumed that Angelina Jolie imposed her lack of faith on Louis Zamperini’s story. The piece of Zamperini’s conversion at a Billy Graham Crusade is supposedly missing from the…

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Unbroken

December 15, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, In 2010 Laura Hillenbrand (the author of Seabiscuit) wrote Unbroken. It is the story of Louie Zamperini who started as a juvenile delinquent. He turned his energy to track and went to the University of Southern California. Zamperini was a long distance…

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Advent: Light and Hope

December 8, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Advent and Lent are penitential seasons. They both call for introspection and prayer. Each season progresses but in opposite directions. Lent descends downward. It is a time in when I ponder what the world would be like without God. The natural conclusion…

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Advent and Ferguson, Missouri

December 1, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Like you I have been following the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Was the grand jury right in not indicting the police officer? Several bishops, including the Presiding Bishop, believe it is necessary to speak out or write about the injustice of this.…

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, Of all the holidays we observe in our nation, Thanksgiving is my favorite. It is a day that defies commercialization. After all, you can only eat so much, and grocery stores aren’t interested in making a big deal (but maybe a good…

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On Sabbaticals

November 17, 2014 Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire, The Sabbatical is a common practice in both academia and in the Church. Sometime around the seventh year of service a professor or priest takes time away from normal teaching or work. In the Church priests are expected to make time for…

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