Monthly Archives: August 2014

LIFE IS WORTH LIVING EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT WORTH MUCH

!!!! August 26, 2014 The Lighter Side of Suicide Richard Becker CRISIS MAGAZINE, 26 August 14 “People rarely joke about suicide.” ~ Dr. Aaron Kheriaty The whole world is mourning Robin Williams. He was a gifted comic; he made people … Continue reading

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AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, CHAPTER TWENTY SIX

!!!! Jesus Healing the Man Born Blind by El Greco, 1570   It is time to wind down this autobiography.  There is so much more that I could have written, but in medio stat virtus according to Aristotle and Saint … Continue reading

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AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, CHAPTER TWENTY FIVE

!!!! My Fair Lady has always been one of my favorite movies.  I thought of it in 2011 when the drought which had already afflicted South Texas for three years was about to enter its fourth year.  I remembered Eliza … Continue reading

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AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, CHAPTER TWENTY FOUR

!!!! Braunvieh Bull similar to my bulls, Cornerstone Amigo and Ambassador     Dan Morales’ lawsuit was settled but my troubles were not over.  I had a Coadjutor Bishop, Bishop Roberto Gonzalez, who did not understand that he was no … Continue reading

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AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, CHAPTER TWENTY THREE

!!!! John Cardinal O’Connor, Archbishop of New York My becoming  persona non grata with my brother bishops in Texas was to get even worse, it that were possible.  The Board of Directors of the John G. and Marie Stella Memorial … Continue reading

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AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, CHAPTER TWENTY TWO

!!!! Telecommunications Director Marty Wind at the control panel of Station KLUX     Lawsuits were a daily preoccupation for me as Bishop of Corpus Christi.  Some of the big ones were connected with the Kenedy Foundation but the majority … Continue reading

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AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, CHAPTER TWENTY ONE

!!!! Corpus Christi Cathedral, Corpus Christi, Texas The telephone call came like a lightning bolt from the sky.  In the last week of May, 1983 Archbishop Pio Laghi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States called me in Pensacola and told … Continue reading

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AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, CHAPTER TWENTY

!!!! Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski and Cardinal Karol Wojtyla My work as Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Migration involved many different groups of people.  One group was the large number of priests from Poland who were entering the United … Continue reading

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AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, CHAPTER NINETEEN

AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, CHAPTER NINETEEN !!!!   Aerial view of Kansas City International Airport   How does one become convinced that God has a plan for us.  I am not sure when I first became convinced that God … Continue reading

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AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

!!!! Sacred Heart Cathedral in Pensacola Saint Thomas More Co-Cathedral in Tallahassee   November 6, 1975 was the day of my installation as Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee in the Civic Center in Pensacola (Sacred Heart Cathedral was too small for the … Continue reading

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