As Lent approaches, we are reminded that this season offers us a new beginning. Pope Francis describes Lent as a “journey of spiritual renewal in the footsteps of Christ.” During this season, we are called to turn our hearts and minds back to God, to return to the Lord who offers us the gift 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.
This question popped into my head one day. I can’t tell you why, it just did. I saved this question for Father P. because he is a thoughtful priest. He gives us interesting homilies without resorting to notes or script. He just leans one arm comfortably on the ambo and talks to us. I could […]
This is the first year I have missed the Walk for Life in San Francisco in a long time. As I write this we are in between that walk and the larger one in D.C. I missed it because I would have had to cross the great Sierra Nevada mountain range in a snow storm, […]
I am tired of hearing the phrase, they have a right. I hear this said on television, radio, or among people in everyday life about a controversial subject that has caused a condemning reaction; such as flag burning. It’s not that it isn’t true that the law allows certain acts of free speech, it is […]
After these many years, I finally can say I have something in common with Arnold Horshack. I feel like I must raise my hand high, and exclaim loudly, oh, oh, oh in order to get an answer to my questions. Most of you are probably not old enough to remember the very popular 1970s TV […]
Especially during these past few intense months of our presidential election, we in America have been shown how much society has turned substantially away from God, and towards the sins we all know and love so much. If you are not a religious person you will have heard how society has progressed towards more personal […]
The death, anguish, and destruction caused by the recent upsurge (measured in decades) in savage violence in the name of Islam has caused us to evaluate what was once not considered a threat in the United States. The Pew Foundation recently predicted that the percentage of Muslims in the U.S. will reach 2.1% by 2050. […]
On False Prophets in Politics This election year, more than others, has brought back memories of behaviors reminiscent of my high school years. Young teens, caught up in an insatiable craving for social credit. That was a unique social experience for all because we have individual experiences, yet it was the same in its drive […]
I looked around at the people near us. I only noticed the adults. I knew my mother, father, and my mother’s sister, but the others were all strangers. There were probably 50 people sitting near us. I was a teenager that day almost 60 years ago. What I do remember clearly was my interior voice […]
Why do we expect to find truth, goodness, and love, in a Judas before we know that he is a Judas? When we do not find what we expect, why are we so angrily disappointed? The recent troubles within the Church of two friends has made me think about a problem we all surely have faced, […]
My usual big yawn during election years has this time around turned to into eager attention. What will the orange-haired rich guy with the personality of a ten-year-old say next? When will the familiar but annoying lady cackle at us, then demand that we not understand her past public statements and actions, as she publicly stated […]
The first several chapters of the post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia (On Love in the Family) from Pope Francis show a remarkable understanding of the human condition, an understanding held by the synod bishops, understood and summarized by the Holy Father. The Church has a long history of dealing with human problems, human tendencies, and human […]
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 […]