Have you ever seen this t-shirt logo: “The Church/Bible teaches it. I believe it. That settles it”? It is a rather pithy and provocative turn of phrase. More importantly, however, it reflects an utter misunderstanding in regards to what it takes to evangelize in a postmodern culture that is secular, humanistic and widely skeptical of […]
Author Archive: H. L. Duncan
H.L. Duncan is a senior citizen widower in his 8th decade of life (70s) who was married for 36 years to his only wife Jill. He lives on 40 acres of the Great Basin Desert in an owner built solar powered home. He has three children who have left the nest and are now too far away. After an Episcopalian childhood, his teen years brought on the disease of agnosticism with occasional bouts of atheism. He entered the Church in 2010 and says he has felt at home ever since.
His working life included Forest Fire Truck Driver, Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa building schools, Motion Picture Cameraman in industrial films and while in the U.S. Army, production assistant to a Producer in Hollywood, Professional Still Photographer, Photo Lab Technician, Postal Service Letter Carrier, Computer Systems Analyst in business and government, Computer Consulting, Owner of an Internet business, Web site creation.
His educational background is mostly self directed reading and experiential but does include; A graduate of the London School of Film Technique, London, England, AA degree in Business Data Processing with an additional course in accounting, Seminars and technical classes.
He now spends his days in local parish church work and Right to Life groups, Internet conversations with new friends and old enemies of the Church.
During a casual conversation a friend of mine asked me, “How come histocompatibility is not better known among Catholics?” Histo what? I asked. He answered, “Histocompatibility. Oral contraceptives may be a major cause of problems in marriages.” Apart from the well-known side-effects of oral contraception such as nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, weight gain, and mood […]
As we in the United States suffer through another national election cycle in this odd year, the antics displayed by those who ask for our support grab my attention. A polished used car salesman stereotype with orange hair spits out his best argument against an opponent: “He is a loser!” He repeats this over and […]
The subjects we chose during telephone conversations with relatives and friends tend to change over time. If you or they have lived a relatively long healthy life, more time will inevitably be spent on the latest physical problems. The last time I talked to my sister on the phone, I mentioned to her that I […]
We are indeed a peculiar lot. We evolve and change, push and pull, vote then cheer or sulk. Often the powerful just invent some feature of life that they think would be cool then force the compliance on all. We then suffer as a lot. The powerful have done that notably with slavery and abortion. Slavery […]
“You know that your grandfather always loved the language of his heritage?” My mother gave me this suggestion as I was wondering out loud which foreign language I should take of those offered in my high school program. Am I most interested in French, Spanish, or Latin? I was told that Latin would be useful if […]
“…we shall lose a large portion of that wonderful and incomparable, artistic and spiritual reality, Gregorian chant. We indeed have reason for sadness and perhaps even for bewilderment.” (Pope Paul VI, 1969) Since the time, the reasons often given for this loss was the change from Latin to the vernacular in the Mass and the desire […]
First, a little background. When we look back to our country’s founding, we take pride in the reasons for its formation; a “bad king” and his parliament that exercised their power improperly within the American Colonies. Because of these acts of omission and commission from the isolation of 3,000 miles away from London, anger began to […]
Stories of the human experience can be on a gigantic scale encompassing large populations. They can be about great dramas of the past or heartbreaking contemporary life. There is now a pending issue in our country that will cause the rippling effect of a virtual earthquake, not on our faith, but on how we practice that faith. We […]
The popular atheist blogger, Hemant Mehta, ponders change with the question, “What happens when atheists are no longer a minority?” He mentions the human need to belong to a group, and the fight for a cause, and then invites answers to that question. Reading a few of the 1,600+ responses will verify the lack of […]
[This article is Part 2 in a series. You can read Part 1 here.] In order to justify denying state government the right to decide who can marry, the court itself has to use the definition of marriage used by that state, or substitute some other definition within it’s power. Any current case regarding laws […]
Instead of a bended knee, will the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) present a stiff middle finger to Our Father who art in Heaven this June, just as the same institution did in 1973 with Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton which legitimized the greatest human holocaust in American history? In February 2015, the court refused […]
There have been perhaps a gazillion or two marriages since God ordained the Sacrament, as well as time and space and everything else He created. However, I could be wrong about the time aspect. According to Penny of The Big Bang Theory when asked if she knew who Stephen Hawking was she responded, “The wheelchair dude who invented time”. But, this […]
The reason that a person would want to walk down the middle of a city street in one of the two largest U.S. marches, either in the cold and sometimes snowy conditions of Washington D.C. or as I did in the clear and sunny 60’s of San Francisco, is hopefully very obvious. The west coast […]
I know this is old news now, but so is the resurrection of Jesus. The Extraordinary Synod on the Family that ended on October 19, 2014, was extraordinary not only because of it’s session being a necessary preliminary discussion of issues in preparation for the Ordinary Session next year, but for the extraordinary difference in the […]
“Riding one day in the plains below Assisi, he met a leper whose loathsome sores filled Francis with horror. Overcoming his revulsion, he leapt from his horse and pressed into the leper’s hand all the money he had with him, then kissed the hand. This was a turning point in his life. He started visiting […]
They bowed their heads to say grace, then started to eat a rare breakfast together when the cell phone rang. The man and his two-and-a-half year old son were the only ones at the table this morning. Normally, they are accompanied by the son’s three older siblings and his mother. Today was different. The others […]
In yesterday’s column (Part I), I told you about a Franciscan Friar, Brother Anthony Pham Dinh Tuyen OFM Conv, beginnings and escape from Vietnam as a young person after the fall of Saigon in 1975, his new life in the U.S., eventual poor health, then news of imminent death. Today, I finish this inspiring story. Can I go […]
Imagine finding yourself in a hostile land. It has a history of being violently hostile to everything Christian – person and property. What do you do if you are a Franciscian friar? If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if […]
We have seen them in our imagination when we first hear of a pregnancy. We may see them in an ultrasound and marvel as they show us the first outlines of their tiny selves. It is a self that will not soon enough burst out into the open air with a loud hello that informs us that our lives […]
The coffee is finally done! Why does the first cup in the morning always take so long to brew? Finally, it is really Saturday morning. Thank you Lord. What a week. It just seems that I wasn’t able to please anyone this week. Why do so many things go wrong at the same time? I should have been a […]