The Scripture for this reflection: the Gospel from Thursday of the 29th Week of Ordinary Time (Luke 12:39-43) There are days I see the Gospel for daily Mass and wish I could substitute for it, preach around it, preach a different reading of the day, or just give a sermon on a favorite topic. The […]

There was a religious brother who worked at a small Catholic College in a small town. It had a lovely little campus dominated by the chapel with a water tower nearby. A Brother worked there for most of his life, living in community and being a jack of all trades, fixing things, keeping things neat, […]

Readings of the Day I love baseball. The beginning of football season doesn’t impress me much, but baseball is so much more interesting. It doesn’t have a clock, so there’s always a chance things will turn around, even in the bottom of the 9th. It’s a sport I wish I had talent for: even though […]

“Why is there a jolly roger on your Mission Cross?” A friend of mine asked this question not long after I received it; I was still getting used to the symbolism of it and didn’t realize there was a small skull and crossbones toward the bottom. It was a funny question, and it’s a little […]

A couple of day ago I put this meme on my Facebook page, where it got a few likes and shares. The text: The average rent in the U.S. at the end of 2018 was $1419/month. For rent to be approximately one-quarter of income, as recommended, would require an income of $5676/month. At 40 hours […]

Scripture Readings: for Peace and Justice, Lectionary 887-890 Lately I’ve had a chance to spend more time with my great-nephew, who’ll be 8 next month. We’ve played a lot of games, and sometimes if I’m not careful, the rules tend to change in the middle of the game. It’s not quite like Calvinball from Calvin […]

“Listen my children and you shall hear/of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…” The classic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow appeared in January 1861, when the nation whose beginning it described was unravelling. It is a stirring, dramatic poem, however it is not good history. Revere never shouted “The British are coming” since everyone (including […]