Monthly Archives: January 2013

Les Misérables: Fantine and Cosette

Fantine is the poster child for the plight of the Poor in Les Misérables: her fate is their condition in any age. At her core, she’s a good and loving person, willing to give herself completely to the needs of another. Her situation is self-inflicted: she fell in love with the wrong man, and was […]

Homily: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings of the day There was once a quiet man. He was a priest, and he was most of all a scholar. He trained in Rome, and he was a bookworm, occasionally writing articles on theological topics of the day for specialty publications. He wasn’t thought a very forward man, not someone who enjoyed confrontation […]

Stories I’ve Found, 1/25/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: A new survey indicates most evangelicals feels religious liberty is at risk in the United States, but also want Judeo-Christian standards to dominate.  Reminds me of several stories where people want change, like themselves getting power, while wanting them to stay the same, like themselves keeping power indefinitely. Lance Armstrong’s […]

Les Misérables: the Thénardiers

Master of the house, doling out the charm Ready with a handshake and an open palm Tells a saucy tale, makes a little stir Customers appreciate a bon-viveur Glad to do a friend a favor Doesn’t cost me to be nice But nothing gets you nothing Everything has got a little price! Master of the […]

Homily: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Readings of the Day Finding someone in time of need. There was a time in the Fourth Century when the Church needed a leader. This was a time when Church councils could include fist fights and even small riots, incredibly enough. The people of Milan needed a new bishop, but there were two factions who […]

Stories I’ve Found, 1/18/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: We always need more messengers of peace in this world, and it’s heartening to find one in the Grand Mufti of Egypt.  May his vision of Egypt as a land of peace and compassion come true. Hollywood almost never gets the story right, and its presentation of torture in the […]

Les Miserábles: Valjean and Javert

I watched the movie Les Miserábles recently, and discovered a gold mine. It’s a story I was aware of through other movie versions, and I knew of the Victor Hugo novel through a plot synopsis. I definitely wasn’t familiar with the musical beyond “I Dreamed a Dream.” This story is overwhelming and has a lot […]

Homily: Baptism of the Lord

Readings of the Day  This is about a young man at the pinnacle of accomplishment. He’d wrestled his personal demons and won; he’d saved his friends from captivity; he’d put them in a place where they could win together. At the end of a great combat, he faced his greatest enemy and defeated him, rendered […]

Stories I’ve Found, 1/11/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: Pope Benedict tells gathered diplomats that peace requires openness to God. There’s a distinction he made that caught my eye: “The Pope pointedly distinguished true religion, which he said aims at ‘reconciling men and women with God’ and hence with each other, from a ‘baneful religious fanaticism which, again in […]

Shaping the Church

Vatican II started a little over 50 years ago.  Love it or hate it, it’s the great turning point of Christianity in our times (or at least, my lifetime), whose effects reach far beyond the Catholic Church. It still provokes debate over what it means and what it should mean in the future. One thing […]