The Seven Deadly Sins – Lust

Always eager to share my vast knowledge of SIN 🙂 here is my latest article in a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, appearing in the Catholic New World, the archdiocesan Catholic paper in Chicago. Lust Attempts to Separate the Physical from the Spirit

A Catechist Speaks at All the Sunday Masses

Recently, a very brave catechist, Greg Olson, about to enter his second year as a catechist, spoke at all of his parish’s Sunday Masses to give witness to his vocation as a catechist and to help recruit new catechists. Greg is no stranger to this blog as he shares his thoughts and comments often, especially during this summer’s online retreat. With Greg’s permission, I am sharing his experience of speaking at the Masses. He and I […]

Dr. King: An Opportunity for Catechesis

The effective catechist knows how to use just about any event as an opportunity for catechesis. Some Catholics feel that because Dr. King was not Catholic, it’s not proper to hold him up as a role model and to reflect on his life, his words, and his accomplishments. Nonsense. God works through all people and God’s grace worked through and continues to work through the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Resources […]

What She Said

I was getting set to organize my thoughts to say something intelligent about Richard Rohr’s article (actually taken from his Web site) on Eckhart Tolle (Oprah’s current co-teacher on “spirituality”) when lo and behold, a comment came in from a reader who says precisely what I had hoped to say! I thought I would post her comment here in additon to its place with last Friday’s post. Thanks, Maura! Joe After reading both your article […]

Discussing Oprah and Tolle

Here is my initial e-mail response to the contributor who raised questions about my article on Oprah and Tolle. Following that is the contributor’s e-mail response. Isn’t it wonderful when people can truly dialogue?! I intend to comment on Richard Rohr’s essay on Tolle in the days to come. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers who provide us with God’s compassionate and steadfast love!  -N-, thanks for your e-mail and for engaging in discussion about […]

Let's Talk More Oprah and Tolle

I received the following e-mail which challenges my stance on Oprah and Tolle which I wrote about in my blog and also in a published article in The Catholic New World (joe-article-on-oprah-for-new-world.pdf), the Chicago archdiocesan newspaper. I believe this e-mail was sent in good faith with a desire for dialogue and I am happy to further converse about the Oprah/Tolle phenomenon. Be sure to read the attachment referred to in the e-mail. Hi Joe,   […]

More On Oprah's "Spirituality" Classes

Oprah Winfrey is hosting a 10-week course (online, free of charge) titled A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, based on the book of the same name by Eckhart Tolle. Over 700,000 people enrolled for the class with over 500,000 attempting to participate live on Monday, March 3 for the first session. Some had trouble viewing because of the overload. Tolle describes himself as a contemporary spiritual teacher who is not aligned with any […]

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