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Homily: Holy Thursday

Readings of the Day It’s an old, old story: two men who came from the same place, worked together for many years and then ended up on the opposite sides in a conflict between good and evil. The great misfortune of the Civil War was that brothers fought for opposite sides; it also happened during […]

Sharing Christ’s Suffering Today

This weekend a crazy old man drove from the Ozarks to the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas and shot three people at random: this anti-Semite killed three Christians to demonstrate his hate.  The story is testament to the God given right for any lunatic in America to have a weapon and only be […]

Homily: Palm Sunday, Cycle A

Readings of the day Taking a walk with a friend can be more than exercise. Walking together is a way of sharing spirits. Whatever you see, you see together. Whatever you hear, you hear together. Whatever you encounter, you encounter together. Walking together is an opportunity to talk that is unhurried; there can be great […]

Stories I’ve Found, 4/11/2014

Interesting stories I’ve found: Leah Perrault gives us some excellent observations in her post Shifting the Focus: Objectivification, Porn and the Longing for Belonging.  Her take on the main problem with porn is absolutely correct. Chris Steadman shares us an important question: what’s the biggest misconception about atheists? In every Ivory Tower, there’s a temptation […]

The Joy of the Gospel, Chapter 5

CHAPTER 5: SPIRIT-FILLED EVANGELIZERS (Paragraphs 259-288) “Spirit-filled evangelizers means evangelizers fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit. . .Jesus wants evangelizers who proclaim the good news not only with words, but above all by a life transfigured by God’s presence.” (259) This portion speaks us on a basic level, continuing themes from earlier […]

Homily: Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

Readings of the Day Bethany is nothing like it used to be. When I stayed in the Holy Land, my home away from home was a convent that was just up the hill from Lazarus’ tomb. There’s a church there now, of course, and the tomb is a short distance from it. Across the street […]

Stories I’ve Found, 4/4/2014

Interesting stories I’ve found: Is it all right to fight with God?  Pope Francis says there are times it’s the best way to pray, and tells us of the benefits we get by confronting God about the fulfillment of promise. Columnist Jonathan Merritt shares his struggle with childhood abuse and the insecurity that follows.  His […]

The Joy of the Gospel, Chapter 4

The Social Dimension of Evangelization Part I: Communal and Societal Repercussions of Kerygma (Chapters 176-258) “To evangelize is to make the Kingdom of God present in the world.” (176) This chapter is Pope Francis’ blueprint for how the Church lives in human society, and by extension, the Church’s vision for society itself. He says: “The […]

Homily: Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

Readings of the Day  Do you like how things are looking? Satisfied with things as they are? Then take the blue pill. Life will go on and you won’t see anything that will bother you. Take the red pill? Then everything changes. What you see may not be very pretty, you can see might bother […]

Stories I’ve Found, 3/28/2014

Interesting stories I’ve found: E. J. Donne of the Washington Post covers President Obama’s visit with Pope Francis this week.  A deep piece that calls us not to shoehorn our Pontiff into our particular political issues. Here’s the “official” report on that meeting from Whispers in the Loggia. Christopher Hale has an interesting idea for […]

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