Obama and the meaning of Christmas – and some advice for Christmas sermons

You have to wait until minute 13 of this 18 minute video to hear it, but President Barack Obama, in a Dec. 21 visit to the Washington D.C. Boys and Girls Club, does a little evangelizing about the "reason we celebrate Christmas" after reading the Polar Express to the kids and listening to a litany …

24 hours of absolute solitude – a way to absolute happiness?

St. Frances de Sales, the patron saint of journalists and writers, once said, "Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed." I've been thinking about statement almost obsessively over the past five days for two reasons: One, I read this article on the "radical …

UA's Transformation – $12 million "directly out of the hides of those who teach."

Yesterday, the Arizona Daily Star reported that the University of Arizona is earmarking $12 million to recruit "rising star" professors in the areas of environmental studies and biosciences. Reporter Becky Pallack was first told that the source of funds for that $12 was unknown. Her story was updated today with information from UA spokesperson Johnny …

No time for peace of mind?

Life is harried, hurried and overwhelming - at least according to the marketing guys over at Loyola Press. The Jesuit-run publishing house recently launched an 3-minute retreat application for the iPhone and iPod touch to help folks take a break, anywhere, anytime (as long as it isn't while you're driving!) from the concerns and pressures …