Category: Reflection

In Memoriam 9/11/21

   I can almost forget. Almost, but never. The impact of the second plane. The plumes of black smoke. The bodies falling through the sunny sky. The rumble. The towers’ collapse. The enveloping white cloud filled with asbestos and powdery...

In Memoriam 9/11/21

September 11 As a Childhood Memory

I’m a little hesitant to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks for Where Peter Is. But I volunteered to do so, and so here I am. As a member of one of the youngest cohorts that...

September 11 As a Childhood Memory

I Remember: 9/11, Twenty Years Later

People are often surprised at my long history at CBS News. CBS, after all, isn’t exactly a farm team for Catholic clergy. I am probably the only man in history who went from working for Katie Couric to working for...

I Remember: 9/11, Twenty Years Later

Confessions of a former Pope Francis opponent

I am a convert to the Catholic faith, having been raised in a non-denominational Christian home and subsequently drifting between various stages of belief and doubt, though always claiming to believe in Jesus even if I didn’t live for Him....

Confessions of a former Pope Francis opponent

Blame Yourself

On Sunday, August 29th, Pope Francis provided a brief exegesis of the day’s Gospel passage from Mark, in which Jesus berated the hypocrites who “honor God with their lips” but whose hearts are far from him. For those who have...

Blame Yourself

Jesus asks for more than the bare minimum

At the height of my struggles with scrupulosity and self-accusation, my dad often attempted to console me by telling me that I wasn’t as bad as I thought—after all, I was “not killing anybody.” This was a thoughtful gesture, but...

Jesus asks for more than the bare minimum

Prioritizing commandments

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, August 29, 2021 — The Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s first reading depicts Moses introducing the laws he is about to teach the Israelites. The commandments God has given allow them to live...

Prioritizing commandments

“I’m still converting!”

Years ago, my pastor took a group of men from my parish on a pilgrimage down to Mexico City, to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Tepeyac Hill—where Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531—and...

“I’m still converting!”

No one is an accidental creation

In my thirty years on this earth, I have strived to live according to the commandments handed down by God fully manifest in the incarnate and risen Jesus Christ. It is never easy, regardless of which commandment. While all are...

No one is an accidental creation

Our Unfolding Suffering

Many Catholics today try to find solace in their suffering by imposing meaning upon their experiences. The desire to make sense of the chaos of the modern age often leads people to attempt to customize their lives and the lives...

Our Unfolding Suffering

Clothed with the Glory of God

There is an ancient tradition that before the Fall, Adam and Eve were clothed with the Glory of God. Their relationship with God was so intimate that His life radiated out from their very skin. When Eve looked at Adam,...

Clothed with the Glory of God