Voices
The Rev. Terrance W. Klein is a priest of the Diocese of Dodge City and author of Vanity Faith.
The Good Word
March 01, 2012
It rsquo s difficult to imagine a biblical passage so well known and yet so utterly incomprehensible to modern readers as Abraham rsquo s near sacrifice of Isaac on Mount Moriah In this age of Tiger Moms and of parents whose lives revolve around their children what are we to make of a story in wh
The Good Word
February 24, 2012
Lent begins with the sturdy words ldquo Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return rdquo They rsquo re a reminder that the world around us mdash and the world of care and concern we carry daily within us mdash is passing away Like so much of the faith that rsquo s easily asser
The Good Word
February 21, 2012
In this year of grace 2012 given all the effort that the English-speaking Church is currently expending upon the words that we use in the liturgy it is a comfort to come to a day that almost preaches and prays itself Granted we still have to battle our way through the Third Edition of the Roman
The Good Word
February 14, 2012
I was searching the web for a video which I wanted for class but YouTube was rather sure that I would prefer to watch one entitled ldquo Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus rdquo Seemed like the sort of thing a college theology prof should take in so I did A couple of weeks later at the end
The Good Word
February 10, 2012
Remember this scene from John Steinbeck rsquo s depression-era novel The Grapes of Wrath A cook a waitress and two truckers are in a diner on Route 66 Outside A woman in the car a flaxen-haired woman said ldquo See if you can get it here rdquo The man turned off the hose and screwed on
The Good Word
February 02, 2012
Because my interest in priesthood began in junior high I attended the strangest and most wonderful of high schools a boarding school run by Capuchin Franciscan friars in Hays Kansas Thomas More Prep What was strange Two years before I arrived it had been two separate schools both run by the f
The Good Word
January 26, 2012
The First Mass took place in a small Eastern Kansas farming community its citizens equally divided between Catholics and Mennonites I was there as the vocation director for the Diocese of Dodge City which Fr Jim the newly ordained had joined while working in the western part of the state A
The Good Word
January 19, 2012
Grandma Klein took milk in her coffee My parents drank theirs black I remember fetching milk for her from our fridge and her saying ldquo I like a little coffee in my milk rdquo That was the afternoon that I asked her how she had met my grandpa I was in junior high school My grandfather
The Good Word
January 12, 2012
Ironically one can learn a lot about what it means to be human from the teaching of St Thomas Aquinas on angels Consider for example a contrast the angelic doctor draws between angels and humans Every human being is an individual member of what Aristotle called the human species but St Thoma
The Good Word
January 05, 2012
The Kansas State Capitol Building is the prettiest in the nation especially when the petunias are in bloom Most Kansas school children visit it my class was no exception The French Renaissance architecture of the exterior is memorable but the John Steuart Curry murals within depicting Kansas h