Companions on the Journey: Holy Women of the Church

Novena 2011 Schedule

Over the last couple of months I have been freely following Pope Benedict XVI’s Wednesday Audiences where he highlights various holy women in Church history. Many women propelled into his spotlight are familiar to me: Joan of Arc, Clare of Assisi, and Catherine of Siena. Others, such as Hildegard of Bingen, St. Matilda, and Blessed Angela […]

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 3): The Genesis Code

The Genesis Code Movie Poster

On Wednesday evening, I had the opportunity to attend an advance screening of the The Genesis Code prior to its nationwide release in February. The movie was directed by C. Thomas Howell, and the cast includes former Presidential candidate Fred Thompson (Law and Order), and Academy Award Winners Ernest Borgnine (Marty) and Louise Fletcher (One […]

The Purpose of A Journey is its Destination

A Bumper Sticker Society

It’s the journey, not the destination. Our society loves to churn out bumper sticker philosophies, doesn’t it? Someone coins a phrase, someone screens a t-shirt; and bing, bang, boom a life philosophy is born. I’ll admit that at first blush, that phrase has a certain existential charm, an overall “groovy” feel to it. In my 20’s, […]

More Honey, Less Vinegar


This past Friday I attended the Iowa Mass for Life celebrated by Des Moines Bishop Pates that served as a sending Mass for those from our diocese making the trek to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. It was a beautiful Mass and Bishop Pates’ homily was quite moving.  There was a sound that […]

Upcoming Events Celebrating Life


2011 Des Moines Mass for Life: The annual Mass for Life organized by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Des Moines will be celebrated on Friday, January 21 at St. Pius X Church in Urbandale, Iowa. Bishop Richard Pates will preside; diocesan priests are invited to concelebrate and deacons to vest and distribute communion. The […]