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Remembering ‘James, the French fry guy’

He served meals to students with a smile, never revealing what he was feeling inside By George Valadie Not too long ago, Nancy and I had the opportunity to return to Memphis, where we had spent 14 wonderful years of our lives. There, I had the privilege of serving as …

God as the eternal watchmaker or violinist

St. Thomas Aquinas and philosopher William Paley offer different proofs for the existence of God By Bob Hunt Recently, I had the honor of leading a Communion service at my parish on the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, where I offered a reflection on St. Thomas. It seemed to go …

A retiree enjoys volunteering at the hospital

Driving patients to and from their cars leads to laughter and learning about ‘bonus days’ By George Valadie It’s becoming one of the most enjoyable days of my week: Tuesdays—the day I volunteer at the hospital. Long before I’d ever officially announced my leaving, I knew I had no intention …

The sign of God’s favor

We adore You O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Behold, I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy…” — Luke 10:19 Taking a …

Farewell to a gifted priest

Funeral Mass for Diocese of Knoxville pastor and military chaplain; Fr. Joe Brando celebrated by Bishop Stika at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul By Dan McWilliams One would be hard-pressed to find an area of Church life that Father Joe Brando did not touch. The priest of 49 …

Transforming society according to the Gospel

As Christians, it is our duty to do so—as Americans, it is our right to try By Bob Hunt I’ve never ventured into politics in this column. I save that for my blog. I mostly try to offer words of encouragement here on living the faith in what can sometimes …

Maybe that’s what 2022 is all about: getting home

By George Valadie To Christ’s home, where His Father has many rooms Wishing you a belated Happy New Year! Depending on printing and publication schedules, this newspaper is likely hitting your coffee table in mid-January with 2022 well on its way to wherever it will take us. To better places, …

Guest column: Science proves Roe v. Wade is wrong

Why should the Supreme Court rule that life at 15 weeks is not worth saving, but life at 20 weeks is? By Lila Rose Two little boys celebrated their first birthdays last summer, one in Minnesota and one in Alabama—miles apart but with similar stories. Both born at 21 weeks, …

The best part of waking up

We should begin our day, as we should in all things, ‘in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Show me the sign of your favor, that my foes may see to their shame that you , O Lord, …

Jesus looks a lot like you and me

Wherever we go, we bring Jesus with us . . . so that, when others see us, they see Him By Bob Hunt Years ago, I attended an evangelization conference in New Orleans where the great Paulist priest and evangelizer Father Alvin Illig, CSP, spoke. Father Illig told us that …

This Advent, focus on presence, not presents

Rushing and readying stuff to look at and cling to does nothing to help us let Christ into our lives By Katie Prejean McGrady I ordered our matching Christmas pajamas in early October. Worried about supply-chain issues and shipping delays, I picked the Nordic blue print we liked best and …

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Holidays: it’s funny the things you remember

From Christmas at Grandma’s to midnight Mass viewed from the sacristy, memories abound By George Valadie I can recall it as clearly and vividly as just about any memory I have of Christmases past. It’s not particularly holy, nor would it ever make a good Hallmark movie. But it’s stuck …