Eighty-Six Days in the Wilderness

“Son, you have polio” expressed Dr. Robert Morton on Saturday morning, September 23, 1950. These words were terrifying to me at age 11 and they still convey a haunting anxiety when I think of them today. I remember every detail of that awful Saturday and what a...

A Boy and His Kite

When I was about 12 years old, I loved to fly kites with neighborhood kids. One day as we were piloting our kites on a vacant lot, a well dressed young boy walked up to me and asked if he could join us. He had a brand new kite and a ball of clean white string. I had...

Take Up and Read

My favorite Gospel writer is St. Mark. Mark does not go around the barn to find his nose. His prose is spare, direct, clear, dramatic. He leaves symbolism to John, empathy to Luke and quotations to Matthew. Mark accomplishes in 16 chapters what Matthew squeezes into...