Breaking News: Mary Knew

On the Sunday after Christmas a few years back I had to drive home after visiting family in North Georgia.  Instead of going to Mass in Atlanta, or trying to find a parish somewhere on the road, we decided to leave early enough on Sunday morning to make it back home in time to attend the afternoon service at our own church.

After dragging the kids out of bed and herding everyone into the car we were on the road with a singular goal – make it home in time for the 5:00 pm Mass.  With minimal stops and a shaky adherence to posted speed limits we made it home with time left over to shower and change before Mass.

When the worn-out old minivan rolled wearily into the parking lot of the church it would be an understatement to say that I was tired.  I was truly exhausted from the 750 mile trip completed in just over 24 hours with very little sleep.  But I was content and more than a little proud.  Here we were at our local parish fulfilling our Sunday Mass obligation even under trying circums…

Politics and Religion

I haven’t posted to this blog since 2012 – right before the last U.S. presidential election, in fact.  That is not a coincidence.  In the days and weeks leading up to the election I prayed feverishly that voters would elect candidates who would lead the nation in a way that was more in-line with Catholic Christian doctrine.  I didn’t single out specific candidates in my prayers – there was no “please let this guy win, and make that guy lose.”  I simply implored God to inspire American voters to take the steps necessary to stop the downward spiral of morality in our nation.  
It didn’t happen.
In the weeks following the disastrous 2012 election I was genuinely depressed.  I specifically recall telling a friend that, for the first time in my life, I did not feel God’s presence.  Three years after muttering those words I realize now just how foolish they were.  The absence of God’s presence is the literal definition of Hell.  Was I experiencing the unspeakable horrors of Hell after the …

The Art of Kevin Diehl: St. Padre Pio

This is a drawing of Padre Pio that was completed by the son of my friend Mary.  It's truly an incredible likeness.

The Art of Kevin Diehl: St. Padre Pio:  This is a sketch I just finished of St. Padre Pio. I thought I would share how I drew it. First I graph both the picture, and the pa...

Just a Man: My Memories of the Death of Pope John Paul II

When I realized that today was the 7th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, it was kind of hard to believe that it’s already been that long.John Paul the Great served as our Pope for 26 ½ years, and I was only seven when he came into office.He was the only Pope I had ever known, and it’s almost surreal that so much time has now elapsed since his passing. I remember the days leading up to his death as the entire world sat in a virtual death-watch.It was obvious to any logical observer that his days on Earth were numbered, and even those who persecute and attack the Catholic Church couldn’t help but be impressed by the reaction of the faithful followers around the world. Well, not everyone was impressed.I was working the night shift in 2005 when the news of JP2’s failing health was made public.Every day I would watch EWTN and FoxNews to see if there had been any developments, and then I would head into the office when most others were heading home.One evening as I arrived a cowo…

Anti-Catholicism: The Final Frontier

I had an interesting day yesterday.Within an hour of waking up I was greeted by anti-Catholic postings on Facebook – obviously motivated by the church’s much-publicized opposition to the American government’s intent to force all employers to offer birth control to their employees.It started the day off on the wrong foot, but I decided to just ignore it and get on with my day. Shortly after I got to work I took a look at Twitter to see what was happening in the world.And what was trending? -#WhyIUseBirthControl.I foolishly checked out some of the Tweets and was actually shocked by the anti-God, anti-Catholic, anti-child messages that so many felt the need to communicate.I posted a few tweets of #WhyIDontUseBirthControl, but as you can imagine, one guy Tweeting in Florida isn’t really enough to start a trend. Hours later a conversation arose at work and the subject of marriage was brought up to a 20-something co-worker of mine.Almost immediately verbal shots were fired at him from all sid…

Harm An Animal Go To Jail

I saw a bumper sticker today that read "Harm and animal go to jail."

If I were the vandalizing kind I'd have added, "Kill an unborn child and you're a hero to millions of women."

Growing Up Catholic in the South

When you are a Catholic growing up in the southern United States there are certain inevitable truths that you must simply accept.Any attempt to deny or combat these truths will most likely lead you to either question your own faith or resent that particular region of your country. The southern United States has always traditionally been Protestant.It’s a simple by-product of the English and Scottish immigrants who chose to relocate to the New World in the earliest parts of our nation’s history.It was not until the influx of Irish and Italian immigrants to the northern states like New York and Massachusetts in the early 1900s that Catholicism started to take root in America. As generations passed new Protestants were born and raised in the South while Catholics continued to reshape the demographics of the North.In the mid 1800’s a completely new denomination of Protestants called the Southern Baptists came into being and the southern region was changed forever.Suddenly the South’s distin…