The Hobbit is a small book by J.R.R. Tolkien which preceded The Lord of the Rings by several years. Its main character, Bilbo Baggins, is the uncle of Frodo, the hero of sequels, and this adventure of more of a children’s tale than the bigger novel. Having seen the movie trilogy, including a fan edit […]

Readings of the Day  One day a small boy named Jack was leading a cow down the road. The cow was very thin, because Jack and his mother were very poor and couldn’t keep the cow fed very well. Jack wasn’t very ambitious in life, and he was leading his cow down the road to […]

Readings of the Day I’d like to tell you of a Parish Mission, a mission that seemed impossible. It was to a town that was doomed. Local crime was rampant; it was not safe to travel in the mountains near this place, for it was the home of any number of thieves and other criminals. […]

Readings of the Day Spring cleaning: this is a time we clear our yards, grills, cars, houses. Maybe we’re even ready to clear out our dorm rooms after a long winter with the windows closed. The first fresh air of spring is an excellent time to clear our personal space as well as clear our […]

Today’s Gospel for Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent was the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). Some Gospels give you goosebumps and others can rattle your bones. This one is a bone rattler. In Jesus’ day, being born into nobility (which purple garments indicate here) and being able to eat […]

Readings of the Day I loved watching Poker on television. It’s rather easy to find these days, isn’t it? I love to watch but I don’t play poker. There’s a reason for that: losing money is against my religion. The things that attract me are the strategy of the game and the psychological struggle that […]

Readings of the Day When I was growing up, they had great tunes for commercials. One of my favorites is the old Burger King commercial: “Have it your way!” It was kind of neat: at McDonald’s you didn’t get to choose what you got on your Big Mac, so having what you wanted on your […]

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