Fare Well, Be Good, Amen.

It has come to my attention that a fine young man named Ryan Ritter is stepping down from his lofty post as the boss of all the bananas here at Her Loyal Sons. I regret this. But I wish him well. Life is not always easy or simple. Mr. Tex (as I called him, with great respect) has a child, a wife, and a career...in that order. He built Her Loyal Sons and has decided that now is the time to move on. I support him, I pray for him, and we should all be grateful for his work. As we say, life … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: Working Mercy

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Pope Pope Pope Pope. Is no one aware that we have a football season underway? Well, certainly not the Pope, since his idea of a football is round, you can’t touch it, and you play with it on a pitch. Yes, for Catholics (and, strangely, also for non-Catholics) a Papal visit is very exciting. It is an element of our religion, of our belief system, to recognize the supremacy of the Pope. But it’s also an important element of faith for both Catholics and many, many others, to recognize the supremacy … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: Candid Dates

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There’s been a lot of talk in the last few days about the debate among the candidates who want to be President. I was President and I didn’t have to debate anybody for the position – I just had to buy the land, build the buildings, bring in students, burn it down, start over…you know, those sort of things. When I retired, I became Superior General so I could give the President orders. I highly recommend this course of action to those seeking higher office. The only debate I had while I was … [Read more...]

Pre-Friday w/Padre: Book Report

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It may be cool and cloudy here in beautiful Notre Dame, Indiana; but there is warmth and sunshine to be found at the Bookstore in the piece of light reading which I have written for students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends of Our Lady’s University.  The book is called Father Sorin Says.  I didn’t select the title, the publisher did (though, to be honest, “Sorin Says” was a game students and I played on the quadrangle…and in the dormitories…and in the classroom...and in … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: The Best of Times

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I don’t watch a lot of television, primarily because I have yet to be convinced that it’s not largely the work of the devil. But every now and then I pass by a working television machine and something catches my eye. Most recently, I saw a promotion for some carnival-esque sideshow called “Best Time Ever.” Well, Freshmen, let me tell you that NBC is blatantly lying. THAT is not ‘the best time ever’.  You are now experiencing The Best Time Ever – brought to you by ND. If you don’t believe … [Read more...]