Monthly Archives: December 2013

Homily: Holy Family, Cycle A

Readings of the Day While I’m hanging out and surfing the channels during the holiday season, I enjoy all the retrospectives on TV series and movies from the Sixties, Seventies and so forth. It’s great to hear what was going on backstage: all the struggles to get the project off the ground, all the people […]

Stories I’ve Found, 12/27/2013

Interesting Stories I’ve Found: Pope Francis’ coining of the term “promethian neopelagianism” has roots in the writings of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.  Wow, this I did not know. Robert Christian lays out the economic conflict around Pope Francis, highlighting the growing criticism of the Pope’s critiques of free market capitalism and advocacy for the Poor. The […]


Hodie Christus natus est. In 1997, I was part of the Israel Study Program of Catholic Theological Union. We arrived in early September and stayed until early November. Our journey took us from Dan to Beersheba, to Mount Sinai to Mount Nebo to Mount Carmel to the Mount of the Transfiguration. We sailed the Sea […]

Homily: 4th Sunday in Advent, Cycle A

Readings of the Day Indiana Jones faced one last test in order to reach the Holy Grail. He was in a hurry: his father had been shot and reaching the Grail was the only chance Indy had to save him. He had his father’s notebook about Grail legends in his hand that described the tests […]

Duck Dynasty Special

Here’s my take on everything Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson and what he’s said: -He has the right to say anything he wants, especially if he sincerely believes it. As do you, I and everyone else in the world. He is what he is and you and I are what we are.   None of us are […]

Stories I’ve Found, 12/20/2013

  Interesting Stories I’ve Found: Never Be Afraid of Tenderness, Pope Francis’ Christmas interview with La Stampa.  His homily for December 20 is also profound: “Pride makes us barren; Humility makes us fruitful.”  A friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says the retired Pope is on the same wavelength as his successor in many ways. […]

Being Rafiki

“Asante sana, squash banana, wewe nugu, mimi hapana.” Swahili playground rhyme used in the The Lion King Rafiki is the character from the Lion King I find most interesting. He’s not on screen much, but when he makes an appearance, something’s up. A lot of times what he says is gibberish, his actions are obscure […]