Can a custom-made name still fit after generations of wear?

by Tande

A cousin recently invited me to join an exclusive group dedicated to preserving an old family heirloom—our surname. This cousin is one of those relatives you usually only get to see at weddings and funerals, so the prospect of getting closer to my family’s heritage was irresistible. It promised both the recollection of old family […]

The Lodger We’ve Evicted

by Tande

Less than a third of us go to church anymore. That’s what a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll reported. Only 29% of Americans responding to the pollsters say they attend religious services once a week or more often. It was 41% in 2000. Twenty-six percent of us NEVER go to church. Among people aged […]

The Formula for Existence

by Tande

For earthbound scientists, humans are creatures governed by brains, not souls. Conscience and morality are ignited by pleasure-inducing brain juices released during times God-believers might classify as holy—such as the love between a mother and child, or cooperation among neighbors. For Patricia Churchland (I didn’t invent that name, I promise), professor of philosophy and author […]

I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.

by Tande

This Sunday’s Mass readings inspired our Beatley headline. The scriptural theme seems to address people preparing to say goodbye to real life. These people, as they hear God’s calling, soon learn they’re saying hello to that life. The first reading is the Old Testament version of this realization (1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21). Elijah is enlisted […]

Fed by Christ’s Full-Time Distribution Channel

by Tande

John Mullee, the pastor of St. Michael’s parish in Independence, recently told its “Brothers in Christ” men’s fellowship of his formation as a priest. He came to the priesthood relatively late in life, he explained, after years working in industrial consulting. That occupation left his soul feeling empty and hungering for something with more permanence. […]

The Disinheritance of the Stupidly Smart

by Tande

Wisdom and intelligence are two different things. You can be the smartest person in the room, yet still do some pretty stupid stuff. History has proven that over and over again. Add evil to that stupidity and you can create war. The first reading for this Sunday’s Mass is taken from Proverbs (Prv 8:22-31), and […]

Pentecost Conquers Our Pentagrams

by Tande

A recent documentary, “Hail Satan?,” follows a group called the Satanic Temple—which is recognized as a church by the IRS. A film review of it reprinted in The Plain Dealer opened this way: The church members busied themselves with community service projects, such as clearing litter from highway shoulders and beaches, collecting socks for the […]

Life Beyond the Stone Age

by Tande

In this modern age, it’s hard for many to relate to the people depicted in ancient Scriptures. But all we have to do is read today’s newspapers or go to online social media to recognize the same old characters among us today. Take Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims, for example. He’s the spitting image of […]

Enabled by Our Faith and Light

by Tande

When some of us think about religion, laws and regulations can intrude—making it easier to lose faith than gain it. Gaining faith is simplicity itself. It’s why Jesus loved children so much—because they don’t burden themselves with legalistic baggage. The children of his time saw he was the same way as they, and they approached […]

BE the Promised Land before Entering It

by Tande

All branches of the military have used P.R. to attract recruits. “Join the Army and See the World” and “Be All that You Can Be” might be the most famous. At times, the realities of 20th century war and sacrifice overshadowed slogans and people were either drafted to fill a dire need or enticed with […]