Healing troubled hearts is a work of mercy

A wise therapist once said that the most difficult wounds to heal are the ones we cannot see. Many people go through life suffering all types of wound...

Books seek answer to living and dying

The question of good and evil, especially when bad things happen to good people, has bothered humankind biblically since the time of the Book of Job a...

Two books are filled with stories of inspiration

There are times when a book's subtitle tells the reader more about the content than the major title. Such is the case with the current book under cons...

United front cuts some out of the process

ROMEOVILLE - Illinois' tight budget had social service providers maneuvering independently for attention rather than relying on the traditional one-fo...

Is baseball really a religion? Asks author of "Play Ball"

This enjoyable book is subtitled "Amusing and Thought-Provoking Parallels Between the Bible and Baseball." And it certainly is. But before anyone delv...

Whispers of love and Eucharistic stories provide inspiration

There are times when a book's subtitle tells the reader more about the content than the major title. Such is the case with the current book under cons...

Committee approves embryonic stem cell research

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois House of Representatives Executive Committee executed a drastic change in procedural format and moved an amended proposal t...

Aging study unlocks secrets to longer and happier lives

For much of the existence of humanity on this earth, the unlocking of the secrets of leading a longer, healthier and more meaningful life has baffled ...

Reflections should inspire many

It is good to remember that reminiscence about the so-called "good old days" is a common pastime for many people, especially if they have fond memorie...

Boggled adoption case nurtures stiffer law

SPRINGFIELD - The pre-Easter case that shed light on the potential risks of postpartum depression for mothers came to a head last month when a 20-year...

Mother Teresa taught world to care for the poor

The year 1997 was a time of great loss to many with the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta on Sept. 5. Close to that time Princess Diana of England, a...

Reflections of Pope John Paul II inspire many

During his decades-long pontificate, Pope John Paul II's encouraging words have greatly inspired Christians and others throughout the world. And these...

Ireland in 20th century is tale of triumph and tragedy

Many years ago Irish author Oscar Wilde opined, "Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it." This statement is well bourne out in "Irela...

Saints and heroes are those who live out their baptism

Most adults can remember a time in their youth when they engaged in "hero worship." Their heroes may have been first encountered in comic books, movie...

Tragedy of compassion reveals startling comparisons

Back in the Great Depression of the 1930s, then Pres. Franklin Roosevelt pushed through Congress much legislation to aid the poor and unemployed in th...

History of the Irish in the South is glorious and sad saga

When the average person thinks of Irish immigrants of the 19th century in America, images almost immediately come to mind of teaming masses of ragged ...