Author Archives: kbcpps

Out of Alignment

It’s easy to understand there is a problem when your car is out of alignment. It’s not going to fall apart right away, but over the course of time things will wear out sooner than they should, and eventually things will get beyond repair. This is as true of societies as it is for cars. […]

Homily: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Readings of the Day Images aren’t reality, what we see can mislead us. When Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion approached the Wizard’s throne room they were greeting by a huge head surrounded by gouts of fire demanding why they were there, threatening dire punishment for offending him, and sending them […]

Country Club Parish

The Country Club is an institution I imagine most of us are familiar with. In addition to golf courses and space for other outdoor sports, they provide facilities for many kinds of special social gatherings. Membership in the club means having access to facilities, and rights to certain privileges. Being a guest at a Country […]

Homily: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day My hometown of Higginsville was where a Confederate veterans home stood for many years, and there is still a memorial to those men at the park north of town. When I was growing up, I was amazed to learn that the biggest supporters for Confederate homes such as these were groups […]

Shylock Wins?

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. G. K. CHESTERTON, A Short History of England In Shakespeare’s classic play The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is a Jewish businessman seeking revenge for years of persecution. Antonio, one of the leading businessman, takes […]

Homily: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day “Speak friend, and enter.” Gandalf and the Fellowship of the Ring were stuck at the doors of Moria. The door couldn’t be seen except in starlight and moonlight and unless the password was spoken, it didn’t open.  The journey itself was long, uncertain with an unknown evil lurking in the darkness […]

George Orwell and Doctor Who–But Not Together

Avila University starts classes this week, and my stream of consciousness led me recently to an essay by George Orwell Politics and the English Language. (1946)  For you who are willing to digest the entire essay, feel free to follow the link, but for my friends who are writing, both in and out of school, […]

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