God’s Pursuit of Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J….and Each of Us

By John M. DeJak / January 8, 2018 /

I suspect every person—at one point in his life or another—has a moment when he reflects on where he’s been, where he is, and muses at where he might be going. Similarly, I suspect that each person also has a moment where he reflects (or even agonizes) on what might have been if another path…

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By John M. DeJak / June 25, 2017 /

Looking at the stars is, perhaps, the single best way to excite the imagination–i.e., to wonder.  I can think of no other human activity that commands the attention of both body and soul.  It is something that causes a person to both consider his beginning and his end.

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A Footnote

By wffguest / March 14, 2016 /

By Guest Author, Edmund Miller Soon we will witness again the Holy Thursday Mass and its traditional washing of the feet.  Maybe after I am dead and gone, someone may glance at this posting…and maybe, maybe, someone somewhere might one day offer a homily that gets to the core of what’s going on with this…

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Fr. Ciszek and the North American Martyrs: Reflections on Sinfulness and the Love of God

By John M. DeJak / October 4, 2015 /

On August 4, 1964, Fr. Ciszek began his annual eight-day retreat in preparation for his final vows, which he would take on the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption, August 15, 1964. The site for this particular retreat was the Shrine of the North American Martyrs (also known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs),…

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The Totalitarianism of Equality

By John M. DeJak / May 14, 2014 /

Even though I have differed in some conclusions from the late Fr. John Courtney Murray, S.J. in discussing the life of the Church in the context of the United States, I have always agreed with his proper framing of the question: The question is sometimes raised, whether Catholicism is compatible with American democracy. The question is…

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By wffguest / January 17, 2014 /

Address given at the Milwaukee Wanderer Forum, December 6-7, 2002 Co-sponsored by the St. Gregory VII Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith Wanderer Forum Foundation, & Living Catholic Seminars By [then] Bishop [today] His Eminence Raymond Burke [then] Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin Introduction What has happened in the last eleven months in the…

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“Papa” Francis and the Prodigal Son’s Brother

By wffguest / September 24, 2013 /

by Guest Author, Major Adam E. Frey Clearly, not everyone in Catholic circles is happy with our new Holy Father.  While many of the prominent Catholic journalists that I follow have expressed surprise and delight at Pope Francis’ shock-and-awe strategy of using love to bring people back to the church, I have seen a disturbing…

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My last ten burials/funerals with “Fr. Strangelove”…

By wffguest / May 14, 2013 /

…or How I stop worrying and learned to love the (Demographic) Bomb, NOT! A stranger came into the sacristy after Sunday Mass. In an incriminating huff he said, “I have been away from the area for fifteen years; where are the people? And now you are tearing down the school? I went there as a…

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Our Lady of Fatima and Two Humble Priests

By John M. DeJak / May 9, 2013 /

Having learned of Pope Francis’s desire to entrust his Pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima, I decided to settle down to the famous Fatima documentary from the mid-1980s narrated by Ricardo Montelban. Besides enjoying the suave and debonair devout Catholic and proprietor of TV’s Fantasy Island, something struck me in this documentary about Our Lady’s message to…

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The End of the Soldier

By John M. DeJak / April 24, 2013 /

Chesterton famously commented, “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”  In this pithy statement, Chesterton encapsulates the end or purpose of a soldier.  We saw this honored with the posthumous awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor to Army Chaplain…

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