Readings of the Day There were nine who started the journey. Some of them knew each other before, some who had just met. They were on a mission together, a desperate mission. They weren’t bound together by family or other formal commitment, they were only bound by a common cause. They were called The Fellowship […]

I remember the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, when it came out. It was a different Western, a movie about two happy-go-lucky guys who wandered the West with their friends robbing banks and trains. They were likable thieves, played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in their heyday. At the end of the […]

Readings of the Day It started with an unexpected party, and lead away from home and into danger.They were on a journey they never expected to take, in a dark place that seemed to go on forever. Frodo despaired for his mission, his future which was seeming to be swallowed in the darkness of Moria. […]

The liturgical week when September turns to October has multiple feasts focusing on angels and saints of simple disposition: St. Therese of Liseaux and St. Francis of Assisi. As I drove to mass at a local school through rush hour traffic on October 2 (Guardian Angels), I remembered the old saying, “Never drive faster than […]

Readings of the Day He was the Steward of Gondor. His role: to take care of the country until the King returned. Denethor served his people well for many years, as did his ancestors for many generations, but when the battle against Mordor intensified, his lost his nerve. His pride made him seek places he […]

Ecclesiastes is probably the most difficult book in the Bible to interpret. Job and Daniel both have their challenges, not to mention Revelation, however they each have a message that can be understood with some work. Ecclesiastes seems to lead us nowhere. Its gritty realism and fatalistic tone are unique in Scripture, and finding hope […]

Readings of the Day Let me tell you a story, if I may, and if you’d like you can try to figure out where I got it. It was a city under siege.  They had fought long and hard against the forces of evil, had lost many good people, and it was not enough.  It […]

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