Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Name on a List

His name was Dr. Benoist Troost. Born in Holland in the 18th century, he emigrated to the young United States of America and eventually settled in western Missouri, the first physician to live in his area.  He was part of building the first hotel and investing in the first railroad. When the Town of Kansas […]

Homily: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day To boldly go where no one has gone before. Anyone familiar with that phrase? I think that the Star Trek series perfectly captures our spirit of exploration, of seeking out new knowledge, new experiences, new places, new people. I doubt that all of you have that wandering spirit all the time, […]

Stories I’ve Found, 10/25/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found Pope Francis calls for mutual forgiveness as Catholic and Lutherans strive to come closer. In Pope Francis Lays Out Four Point Plan, Gregory Erlandson comments the similarity in new attitudes in the beginning of this papacy to previous transitions, and reports 4 characteristics that Cardinal Bergoglio laid out for the next […]

Confronting a Sacrilegious Hamburger

Fall is a time for bonfires, and there’s a magic about a huge blaze even without hot dogs or marshmallows on a stick.  Playing with that fire is tempting, and on nights like this, pyromania isn’t quite a psychotic disorder.  It would be fun to light your fire with a flamethrower, if one could be […]

Homily: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day This is one of my favorite time of the year. I’m not fond of the temperatures getting cooler, and the color of the trees is something I always enjoy, but it’s the baseball playoffs that I look forward to. I love the drama of two teams locked in struggle, second guessing […]

Stories I’ve Found, 10/18/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found Malala Yousafzai, victim of a Taliban shooting for wanting to get an education, has been visiting the United States.  Omar Safi puts a lot of things in perspective as he unpacks How to Keep Malala from Being Appropriated: 5 Points on Malala, Obama and Jon Stewart. The rape story from Marysville, […]

Contemplation and Action?

I was thinking of an old Simon and Garfunkel album the other day: Sounds of Silence. Although the title track is a wonderfully evocative and poignant song, it seems like a contradiction. Has anyone really listened to the sounds of silence? Perhaps the American composer John Cage did, at least he used it for a […]