Readings of the Day The treatment of kings had a lot to do in shaping the ways we think about Jesus and about how we worship.  In fact, one reason that the organ was the first instrument used in Christian worship is related to the kingship of Christ: in antiquity the organ was a royal […]

Gated communities are all around us. Most of them are for protection, to keep vulnerable people safe, although prisons are gated communities for quite another reason. When I was a kid, we had a gate at the end of the driveway of our farm, to keep our animals in and discourage larger wild animals. They […]

Readings of the Day How many folks here remember the first time they drove a car?  This is going to leave some of you kids out, I hope, but remember that time?  Have you ever been so excited?  At my folks farm, the driveway was a quarter mile long, so I when I got to […]

“…avoid clichés like the plague.” William Safire, How to Talk Good. Communication is always a tricky business. There are two challenges: get the message across, and do it in an interesting and memorable way. Proclaiming the Gospel is one of the greatest challenges in communication. It’s an overpowering message we can have trouble putting into […]

Readings of the Day Have you ever been part of a human pyramid? I was once; that was enough. In Catalonia, Spain, they have human towers called Castells, which can go up to ten levels off the ground. It looks neat, takes a great deal of courage, however I have no earthly idea why folks […]

Recently I did a presentation on Revelation, which is a book of the Bible most people either avoid or live in exclusively. I’ve talked about my take on it here before, and I still maintain the most important thing about it is that it’s a message of hope, both when it was written and now. […]

Freedom of Speech is a basic American Right, guaranteed. It exists in the Catholic Church as well: Canon 212 says, “§1. Conscious of their own responsibility, the Christian faithful are bound to follow with Christian obedience those things which the sacred pastors, inasmuch as they represent Christ, declare as teachers of the faith or establish […]

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