Author Archives: kbcpps

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 […]

On the Border

  The huge story over the past few weeks has been the flood of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border. Sifting through the stories of protest, counter protest, opinion pro and con, and out right fabrications, these elements are on my mind: -As the Watergate informer Deep Throat said, “Follow the money.” Central American children […]

Homily: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day This is a time of year for family reunions; I’m going to one this weekend. It’s always good to see your relatives and share stories, although sometimes it’s hard to tell if everyone remembers the same event. This isn’t just because an elderly relative is losing their mental faculties, we all […]

Books I’ve Read Before I Died, 7/9/2014 Update

Continuing a unique series to this blog, even though there’s only two entries.  The first one is so good I had to say something about it right away. Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ ISBN-13: 9780062024237 Read this last week on vacation, and was overwhelmed. The author is a wonderful storyteller who integrates good […]

Homily: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day Luke Skywalker was looking for a role model. His uncle was a farmer with a limited vision, who didn’t understand why he’d want to seek his fortune among the stars.  When the hologram of Princess Leia implored Obi-wan Kenobi for help, Luke turned to him and the old Jedi responded. Capt. […]

Horatio Alger Stories

They were called “rags to riches” stories, and they’ve been popular since the second half of the 19th century. Horatio Alger wrote many of them, and the Gilded Age industrialist Andrew Carnegie was a living example. They were uniformly stories of someone who began life in poverty then work their way up to at least […]

Homily: Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Readings of the Day They were to very different men working for a common cause. Thomas Jefferson was a Virginia planter: charming, sophisticated, creative, well read in classical literature. John Adams was a Boston lawyer: intense, paid close attention to detail, an excellent public speaker, educated in the ways of government. The visionary Jefferson wrote […]

Poor Professor Higgins

One of my favorite musicals is My Fair Lady. Toward the end of the story, Professor Higgins is in the midst of enjoying his triumph, having taken Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle from the street and after an excruciating program of tutoring passed her off at a Society event as a cultured Lady. Eliza then […]

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Cycle A

Readings of the Day Meals are an important part of our lives.  Most of our holidays revolve around shared meals, and table hospitality is an important way to begin deeper friendships and to maintain friendships.  Meals can also build community. Several years ago a movie came out entitled Babette’s Feast.  It was the story of […]

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