What does the wedding feast of Cana have to say to us in these difficult times?
David Brooks has an op-ed piece in today's New York Times that talks about America coming apart at the seams. That essay and this weekend's readings spoke to me about how we can be the source of what can provide a stitch or two to prevent our country from splitting apart - it begins with us. Here's a link to that essay: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/13/opinion/america-falling-apart.html#commentsContainer
January 14, 2022
Books I read in 2021 - and I recommend them all
I got to do more reading than ever in this year of challenges. Here are some suggestions that came from me by way of my listeners.
January 07, 2022
As we reflect on the end of the year, how have we changed?
Can we look back on the year and see any changes? Have there been any epiphanies - moments when we have come to understand something that is very important to us?
December 31, 2021
The Man Born to be King - a radio play by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Dominican brothers perform a radio play written by the acclaimed British mystery writer Dorothy Sayers, author of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels. Fourteen Dominican brothers participated in this effort. We perform the first two scenes in her radio play, in the court of King Herod when the kings tell of their journey to find the messiah, and in the shepherd's home when the three kings visit Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
December 24, 2021
When I met Bob Dole and what that has to do with Advent
Back in 1997, I met Senator Bob Dole for the first time, and it impressed me in ways that stick with me to this day - and yes, it has something to do with Advent.
December 17, 2021
Part two of my interview with author of the Crisis of Bad Preaching - Fr. Josh Whitfield
This is an interview for everyone who preaches and cares about good preaching.
December 10, 2021
The Crisis of Bad Preaching - an interview with the author - Fr. Josh Whitfield
Former Master of the Dominicans, Fr. Timothy Radcliffe says of Fr. Whitfield's book, "He pulls no punches. This book offers just the challenge that we need to hear. It is beautifully written and full of wisdom." Whether you are a preacher or sitting in the pews, you will want to listen to this podcast.
December 03, 2021
Episode 62 - Recollections of past Thanksgivings
I share memories of previous Thanksgiving days in my life.
November 26, 2021
Episode 61 - A reflection on the readings for this Sunday - The Feast of Christ the King
Which kingdom will we choose?
November 19, 2021
Episode 60 - Carpe diem! How are we at "seizing the day?"
This reflection on the readings for this Sunday - the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - can inspire us to examine how are we doing in recognizing that we have this moment to live life to the fullest!
November 12, 2021
Episode 59 - How do the readings about two widows this Sunday call us to examine our own calls to love one another?
The readings this Sunday and the past two Sundays can be very challenging to us. What keeps us from truly loving our neighbor as ourselves?
November 05, 2021
Dealing with mental health issues as a Catholic
This interview with Fr. Nick Monco, OP, now a chaplain at the Benedict Institute of Hope College, reflects on a TED Talk that Fr. Nick gave that aired this week on mental health issues and specifically what do our Catholic faith traditions have to offer in dealing with mental health challenges. (NB -IT LOOKS ON THE SPOTIFY LINKS THAT THIS PODCAST IS OVER 40 MINUTES LONG - IT IS NOT - IT IS ABOUT 23 MINUTES LONG)
October 29, 2021
Interview with missionary doctor working in Haiti
Dr. Ellen Lawson is an emergency room physician who began her career as a religious sister working in Congo. Dr. Lawson and I both serve on the board of the St Dominique Foundation that administers an orphanage in Titanyen, Haiti founded by a Dominican priest. Dr. Lawson provides her first-person account of the difficult conditions of serving in Haiti - now!
October 22, 2021
A review of Sue Monk Kidd's The Book of Longings
Best-selling novelist Sue Monk Kidd provides a creative setting for the life of Jesus - as a married man.
October 15, 2021
Remembering Charlotte Scarcelli
Sort of a little break from the normal program to remember a devoted parishioner and friend of St. Tom's.
October 08, 2021
September 30 was the birthday of my mother AND father. Today's podcast is a reflection on them.
October 01, 2021
I offer some reflections on the events of September 11, 2001 and the challenges they present. Here's a link to another podcast I mention in the broadcast. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-bit-of-optimism/id1515385282?i=1000527216316
September 24, 2021
Remembering events on the occasion of my 50th high school reunion.
September 17, 2021
Episode 51 - the conclusion to my travelogue on Africa
I'm out of quarantine and ready to finish my account of my trip to Africa.
September 10, 2021
Announcement about my COVID status
I've test positive. No episode this week.
September 03, 2021
Episode 49 - Into Africa - part one
Hear about my trip to Kenya - my first to Africa - and my safari experiences.
August 27, 2021
Episode 48 - Part two of our conversation with Jim McElroy
Prayer simply must be a part of our life if we hope to grow spiritually. There are many forms. Jim and I talk about that need we all have to take care of ourselves and how prayer is a vital way to do that.
August 20, 2021
Episode 47 - Part one of two parts - interview with Jim McElroy
Jim McElroy talks about his own experience with centering prayer as an acolyte of Fr. Thomas Keating. If you're interested in centering prayer or know someone in recovery that might be helped by this ancient form of prayer of the Catholic Church, you won't want to miss this fascinating conversation with Jim McElroy.
August 13, 2021
The last segment of our three-part interview with nationally syndicated speaker and best-selling author Dr. Walt Larimore.
August 06, 2021
Part two of this amazing interview with Dr. Walt Larimore who gives us valuable insights on what it means to be truly, totally healthy.
July 30, 2021
We begin a three-part series with Dr. Walt Larimore, physician and author of more than 40 books, including the best seller Fit Over 50. Dr. Walt has appeared on many 360 with Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America, and many other news broadcasts based on his medical expertise and engaging conversation.
July 23, 2021
Episode 43 - Part 3 of our interview with author Gary Schmidt
The conclusion to our interview with award-winning novelist and teacher Gary Schmidt.
July 16, 2021
Episode 42 - Part II of my conversation with award winning author Gary Schmidt
Listen to author Gary Schmidt provide some fascinating insights to his writing, inspiration and motivation.
July 09, 2021
Episode 41 - Part one of interview with Gary Schmidt
Award-winning author - (National Book Award finalist and Newberry prize winner) - former Yankees (now Mets fan) - teacher - medievalist - UofI grad - what more can I say? A great storyteller. Listen to the first of our three-part interview with this fascinating man.
July 02, 2021
Listen to part two of our conversation with author, composer, singer, spiritual director, Steve Givens, as he discusses his personal experience with chemotherapy and a usually fatal disease.
June 25, 2021
I talk with Steve Givens who has written widely on spiritual direction and his own battle with a rare disease.
June 18, 2021
Stories of best friends.
June 11, 2021
"We are what we eat." - St. Augustine. Oh my goodness!! Do I look like gelato and no one has mentioned it??
June 04, 2021
An interview from Houston where Dominican friar Br. Greg Dunn will profess his solemn vows on May 28. Hear how this young man, who once aspired to be a shortstop in the major leagues, journeyed to become a vowed religious.
May 28, 2021
Part two of our conversation with seminarian Mark Hellinger
May 21, 2021
We begin a break from our format and have an interview with seminarian Mark Hellinger
May 14, 2021
More memorable moments from my time at St. Tom's and Purdue.
May 07, 2021
Some of my most memorable moments at St. Tom's - Part I
April 30, 2021
How we began St. Tom's mission trips to Titanyen, Haiti.
April 23, 2021
Mission trips and pilgrimages - unique encounters with our faith.
April 16, 2021
How do we keep our young people engaged? The St. Tom's way!!!
April 09, 2021
My first years at St. Tom's and a little of the inspiration.
April 02, 2021
I begin my time at St Tom's with my ordination and then my installation as the pastor. What a whirlwind experience! And a blessed one!!
March 26, 2021
The episode that was difficult to get to: after a lifetime of waiting to answer God's call, my ordination, but not without some bumps in getting there.
March 19, 2021
I have my first experience of ministry at St. Tom's and Purdue (Boiler Up!) and finish up my time and studies in St. Louis.
March 12, 2021
I begin my studies in Saint Louis and as an outcome of the Boston scandals, we are visited by representatives from the Vatican.
March 05, 2021
My life as a Dominican friar begins in earnest - my first year as a novice in Denver.
February 26, 2021
Chicago - an end to one journey and the beginning of a new one.
February 19, 2021
My time in Springfield Illinois posed some unique challenges and new opportunities.
February 12, 2021
The beginning of a new journey.
February 05, 2021
Homily for the Feast of the Presentation
February 02, 2021
"I'm going to Charleston where there's still some grace and charm." -Rhett Butler
January 29, 2021
My years working for Big Jim Thompson - and the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan - and my last days in DC - at least for a little while.
January 22, 2021
My days working for Big Jim Thompson - the second Reagan inauguration - and my last years in DC - at least for a little while.
January 22, 2021
Further reflections on the events in the U.S. Capitol and I begin my time with working for the State of Illinois in Washington and Governor Jim Thompson.
January 15, 2021
Reflections on this week and my experiences of working in the Capitol and on the Hill.
January 08, 2021
So where were you on January 1, 2000? It was a big night for me!!
January 01, 2021
The voice of Christmas past and present.
December 25, 2020
So now you get to hear what the rest of my first trip to Italy was like.
December 18, 2020
Patrick goes to Italy for the first time. Mamma mia!!
December 11, 2020
Homily from the Feastnof the Immaculate Conception
I gave this homily on December 8, 2020 at the WashU Medical School. It touches on some current issues.
December 10, 2020
Hear about my first full years in Washington DC.
December 04, 2020
My first full year in Washington DC - a year of many changes - great highs and lows.
November 27, 2020
When Fr. Patrick makes his podcast singing debut.
November 20, 2020
Some thoughts about the election which provides a nice segue to the beginning of my career in Washington DC.
November 12, 2020
College comes to an end - and I begin the journey in the "real world"
November 06, 2020
So we continue with my college experiences and a variety of firsts for me.
October 30, 2020
Another weekly reflection from Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP.
October 23, 2020
I talk about the end of my high school life and move on to college.
October 16, 2020
The Frank Friar has his first experience of being called to the priesthood in junior high school.
October 09, 2020
Further reflections of Fr. Patrick on his early life.
October 02, 2020
My First Podcast! | Sept 25, 2020
As I begin my podcast journey, I decided to speak about something in which I have some expertise - me. I will spend the first few podcasts giving you a brief biography so that the future reflections will have some context. How exactly did I get to the place where I am now - a Dominican friar?
September 23, 2020