Monthly Archives: June 2013

Homilies: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day How many mothers out there have said the immortal words: “In or out?” I’ve been at a few gatherings where the door has banged about every three minutes with the same children coming and going. I don’t remember my mom ever saying that, but I’m getting older and my memory may […]

Stories I’ve Found, 6/28/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: Superman: Jesus Figure or Anti-Christ is a post by David Gibson summarizing several opinions from religion writers.  Glad to know I’m not alone in my thoughts about the movie, although I would say Superman is neither. Does God Disappointed with Us? Jonathan Merritt provides some good reflections that reach a […]

Are We Stuck?

Last week I saw the Man of Steel. It’s a story most of us are familiar with: a boy from another planet comes to Earth, manifests super powers, and through compassion for ordinary people, does what he can to help people without generally revealing who he is. Most of the time he’s Clark Kent, a […]

Homily: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day The American painter Benjamin West was speaking with King George III. The monarch asked the painter what George Washington would do after independence. West said: “They say he will return to his farm.” George III replied: “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.” George Washington […]

Stories I’ve Found, 6/21/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: John Gehring gives us an opinion post from the CNN Belief Blog: How the ‘Francis Effect’ Could Rescue the Church. Pope Francis has announced new criteria for the appointment of bishops: they should be “meek, patient and merciful.” Alessandro Speciale of Religion News Service points out some key similarities between […]

Whiskey Priest

One of my favorite television series of all time is the British sitcom Yes, Minister. It’s the story of a British cabinet minister who has to sail the sea of politics to get things done and promote his career who’s frequently frustrated by his Civil Service secretary, the non-partisan professional that’s supposed to help him. […]

Homily: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day About 20 years ago there was a movie called Leap of Faith, starring Steve Martin and Debra Winger. Martin played Jonas Nightengale, a fraudulent preacher that went around doing revivals with the help of technology, a performer who could play an audience like a master and outwit a sheriff who knew […]