Voices
The Rev. Terrance W. Klein is a priest of the Diocese of Dodge City and author of Vanity Faith.
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
The Good Word
December 28, 2011
The sacrament of confession has seen profound changes through the centuries It began with sinners confessing grave sins in front of the bishop and the assembled congregation and then often receiving a life-time of penance During the Middle Ages confession metamorphosed into spiritual direction f
The Good Word
December 21, 2011
Garrison Keillor rsquo s A Christmas Blizzard lies within the tradition of Charles Dickens rsquo s A Christmas Carol the metamorphosis is something of a miracle nbsp Here rsquo s how its protagonist James Sparrow a wealthy Chicago CEO learns that he will be spending Christmas a holiday he rea
The Good Word
December 16, 2011
As celebrity memoirs go Diane Keaton rsquo s Then Again is unique for three reasons It rsquo s reflective it was actually written by her and it gives voice to not one but two women Diane and her mother Dorothy Keaton explains how it is that we hear two voices in her biography nbsp While Di
In All Things
December 16, 2011
In his new novel Lost Memory of Skin Russell Banks wants to disturb us and with a disturbing subject sex offenders No attempt is made to exculpate these men but Russell does want his readers to do what many in society today refuse to do He wants us to see these offenders as men mdash faile
The Good Word
December 15, 2011
In his new novel Lost Memory of Skin Russell Banks wants to disturb us and with a disturbing subject sex offenders No attempt is made to exculpate these men but Russell does want his readers to do what many in society today refuse to do He wants us to see these offenders as men mdash failed s
The Good Word
December 11, 2011
According to Time Magazine ldquo There was a hand-scrawled sign on the fence post of a cross-roads farm come in for coffee and cake rdquo It was a Yuletide invitation Doesn rsquo t seem all that strange until one learns that the Yule in question was seventy years ago this month and that the p
The Good Word
December 07, 2011
Earlier this semester I said to a student as I shook his hand after Sunday Mass ldquo Did anyone ever tell you that you look a lot like ldquo Harry Potter rdquo He interrupted me ldquo All the time rdquo ldquo You really do rdquo A few weeks later at Halloween many students had do
The Good Word
November 30, 2011
Did I ever tell you about Ruth She was a checker at the grocery store my father ran One of my earliest childhood memories was Ruth seeing my toddler self on the arm of my mother pick up a Tootsie Roll to put in my pocket She whispered something into my Mother rsquo s ear After my first ldquo
The Good Word
November 26, 2011
What if you could change history That rsquo s the provocative premiss of Stephen King rsquo s newest offering entitled 11 22 63 A Novel The date of course is that of the Kennedy assassination a watershed moment in modern history But what if there were a way to go back and prevent Lee Har