Vulnero Nemo

There are two types of people in the world: people that will sit at a red light at a deserted intersection at 3 am in the morning when there are clearly no cars coming in either direction; and there are the people who will run the red light. My name is Joseph Morse and I […]


Materialism, Kissing, and the Purpose of Life

Excerpt taken from an article written by the character Will Vernik in spiritual fiction, Now and at the Hour of Our Death. The spoilers have been omitted. Modern science tells us that all human emotion and all human action and psychology can be reduced to basic mechanical processes. McKenzie’s inspiration wasn’t a message from God, […]


Catholic and Libertarian? Cardinal Says They’re Incompatible. This is Why He’s Wrong.

“This economy kills,”  Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said in a speech yesterday at a conference held by Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America, entitled “Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism.” “The libertarianism [sic] deregulation of the market is much to the disadvantage of the poor.” The cardinal quoted Pope Francis […]

Which Online Advertising Vehicle Sells More Books?

By most accounts, my latest novel, a spiritual fiction entitled Now and at the Hour of Our Death is pretty good. It has an average of over 4.2 stars out of 5 on Amazon and Goodreads and I’ve received some wonderful reviews (by several people who aren’t my mom!). But sales have been sparse, at […]

“Now and at the Hour of Our Death” on Audio!

I’m excited to announce that “Now and at the Hour of Our Death” is now available on audio format at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! We were grateful to have the very talented Mim Drew narrate the book. Her voice and range of characterization was perfect and we couldn’t be happier. I’m sure you’re going to […]


Paradoxes and the Purpose of Lent

I know paradoxes are compelling and provocative and mystical and all that good stuff, but I’m not a big fan. Sure, they’re not contradictions in that they are impossible and make no sense, but they are seeming contradictions, and they often have the effect of cheap Eastern theological thrills playing on the problem-solving region of […]


Why Would Anyone Ever Get a Dog?

She got the call while we were out Christmas shopping. It was the some of the worst news she had ever received: while staying at an animal boarding house, her little four-pound Yorkie, Mico, was attacked by a much bigger dog and was killed. Absolutely devastating. Unbelievable. So mercilessly tragic. It was heartbreaking for me […]