Monthly Archives: February 2013

Hide and Seek

“Come out, come out, wherever you are!” So says an attempt to flush a hidden deity into the open. Setting up scientific criteria to accept evidence to prove something is a reasonable endeavor, but how well does it work in proving the existence of God? Like many philosophers, I maintain it’s impossible: there is no […]

Homily: 2nd Sunday of Lent

Readings of the Day  He was a wanderer in the forest; he was someone you might see across a crowded room sitting alone in a corner. He looked a bit ragged; he looked as though he had been sleeping outside for years. You journeyed with him and discovered bits and pieces about him: he knew […]

Stories I’ve Found, 2/22/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: John Allen, Jr. lays it all out for us about how the Conclave works.  Turns out it’s not as exciting as in the movies. By the way, if you check out Allen’s page on National Catholic Reporter, he’s doing a piece each day on every major candidate for the Papacy. […]

An Impossible Holy Book

What makes a book holy? No matter what faith we profess, or whether we don’t believe, it’s a valid question. Is it authorship, or acceptance? Is it accuracy, and if it’s that, is it literal accuracy? How comprehensive does it have to be? What does it have to teach us to be holy? Bob Seidensticker […]

Homily: 1st Sunday of Lent

Readings of the Day  Over ten years ago, there was a different reality show (when reality shows were still fairly new) called Temptation Island. They took four “committed couples”, people who had been going together or living together for several years and offered them this package. They got a vacation at a tropical resort in […]

Stories I’ve Found, 2/15/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: The betting line is already out for the next Pope.   Let the office pools commence. Two blogs to bookmark during this transition in the Church: Whispers in the Loggia by Rocco Palma and All Things Catholic  by John Allen, Jr.  Between these two most knowledgeable sources, you’ll get the full picture […]

Homily: Ash Wednesday

Readings of the Day  Today is a special time of the year. I’m talking about Spring Training, of course. It’s a time when baseball players get together to prepare for the long season ahead. It’s a time to get into shape, work on new skills, win new jobs, find a place on the team. It’s […]

Homily: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day One of my favorite programs was Who’s Line is it Anyway? I didn’t catch the ABC versions very often: usually I watched it on Comedy Central, which is OK because I think that it’s better without Drew Carey. I like a lot of the games they do, but the one that […]

Stories I’ve Found, 2/8/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: Consider this: what if a fair sized town of African Americans or Native Americans in this country had stockpiled weapons and organized defenses in the 1920s (or 50s for that matter) with intent of protecting themselves against popular prejudice (such as lynch mobs) and/or the state and/or national government, would […]

Les Misérables: Beyond the Barricades

Marius Pontmercy and the students in Les Misérables who took to the barricades exemplify a spirit of justice many of us can embrace. Outrage and anger are normal responses to injustice, and taking to arms is a natural result of frustration and a lack of options. The attitude may go back to the idealization of […]