Monthly Archives: March 2013

Homily: Easter Sunday

Readings of the Day  This is where it all begins. This is where we begin as a people. This is why we become Christians. The empty tomb: Jesus risen from the dead. It is in the empty tomb that we find our hope. Nothing can be simpler than that. Jesus’ execution was sudden, and the […]

Homily: Good Friday

Readings of the Day  This is not a place where we want to be, here at the end of the passion reading. Do we really want to stand at the tomb of lost hopes? Do we really want to stand on a hill of disappointment? Do we really want to embrace suffering? It is a […]

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 […]

“. . .as we forgive those who trespass against us. . .”

In October 2006, a mentally unbalanced man attached an Amish school in Pennsylvania, killing six girls and wounding another 5 after a brief standoff with law enforcement officials. It devastated the local Amish community, however they quickly forgave the killer and reached out to his family. One said: “If we don’t forgive him, then God […]

Homily: Palm Sunday

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, 3/22/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: Two stories about the inside workings of the Papal Election: Religion News Service gives us The Story Behind Pope Francis Election.  John Allen then lends his uniquely informed account in Not Him, Not Him, Therefore Him Thomas Reese clears up some misconceptions and addresses perceptions of the past in Francis, […]

A Community Examination of Conscience

Lent is a time for examination of conscience, and perhaps it’s one for a society. I’m not talking about either an exercise in beating people up who don’t agree with me, or an infinitely expanding group hug. The root of the word “humility” comes from the Latin word for earth, dirt. Being humble means being […]

Homily: 5th Sunday of Lent

Readings of the Day  Just after world War I, there was a great need for medical personnel in Europe. Several American nurses went to Poland, and one went to a small town and became very beloved for her kind and compassionate work there. She stayed in that town until she died, and when it came […]

Stories I’ve Found, 3/15/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: There’s no dearth of information out there about the new Pope, and his biography is widely available on almost every news service and Wikipedia. There are two posts in Whispers in the Loggia I’d recommended dated March 14: “On Day One, Pope Rides the Bus and Pays the Bills” and […]

God of Massacres?

It’s easy to think that all things are part of God’s plan, a plan that exists even though we don’t see all of it. As a person of faith, there is no hope that I or anyone else will totally understand everything in the universe: we will probably never understand all the science of it, […]