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Someone Else’s Problem

The science fiction author Douglas Adams wrote about an advance he called a “Somebody Else’s Problem field.” How it works is based on this principle: “An SEP is something we can’t see, or don’t see, or our brain doesn’t let us see, because we think that it’s somebody else’s problem… The brain just edits it […]

Homily: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day There was an assessment for a group of young men picked to manage a new enterprise. The CEO was told that group had no team concept, and were unqualified for the operation. One man was hot tempered and prone to fits of temper, another had no qualities to lead, two brothers […]

Silent Women?

Recently a recent graduate of Avila University and a fairly new Catholic posted on Facebook that he was struggling with 1 Timothy 2:11-15, wondering whether Paul was being a bit misogynistic. A mutual friend invited me to join the conversation, and after doing a little homework (who does research for Facebook comments?) I had a […]

Homily: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day They were on a desperate journey, one they didn’t want to make. It was a great task, to take the One Ring to safety before the Dark Lord could get it, and they almost waited too long. Frodo and Sam and their companions set out from their home without the great […]

The Great War: A Poetic Rememberance

100 years ago the Great War began, the War to End All Wars. It began because the Great Powers of Europe assumed at some point they would go to war, and when the lights started going out, they all went out. The first balance of power failed miserable, and brought a four year conflict without […]

Homily: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day It was the world premiere of a new piece of music.  One of the great composers of his day had a new work for chorus and orchestra, and the city of Vienna was buzzing in anticipation.  The composer had a difficult time organizing the performance: there was trouble getting a hall […]

Two Commonly Misunderstood Scriptures

Many verses of the Bible are misinterpreted; sometimes I wonder if we get anything right. There are two verses in particular whose misinterpretations cause a lot of widespread grief, and given the situation with poverty, we should tackle them had on because they provide justification for those wishing to deny or limit help to those […]

Homily: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day It was tornado season and a young girl did a very silly thing: she went into the house rather than the cellar when a twister was on the horizon. The house flew up into the sky and came down someplace other than Kansas; Dorothy found herself in Oz. She got there […]

New Jerusalem

What does it mean to be part of a city? As a country boy, the city was a place of wonder and possibilities beyond the boundaries of a small town. When I was a kid, I looked forward to my aunt coming to visit, because she took us on trips into Kansas City to see […]

Homily: 16th Sunday in Orindary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day “And they lived happily ever after.”  It’s the end of a lot of stories we grew up with, isn’t it?  Boy finds girl, seeker finds what he or she is looking for, employee gets the executive job with a corner office, somebody gets a windfall that makes it possible for them […]

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