Monthly Archives: January 2014

Signing Your Life Away

Did Phil Robertson sign his life away to A & E when he agreed to make the reality show, Duck Dynasty? Some of the private thoughts expressed at the time took that viewpoint: he undoubtedly signed a contract that included a prohibition against hate speech in public. However, freedom of speech indicates a person should […]

Homily: Baptism of the Lord, Cycle A

Readings of the Day In the early times of the Roman Republic, the 5th Century BCE, the city was in great danger while fighting tribes who lived nearby. The Republic was headed by two elected officials called consuls who presided over the Senate, however in times of trouble when there was need to national unity […]

Stories I’ve Found, 1/10/2014

Interesting Stories I’ve Found: In this eventful year, it’s hard to imagine any story about the Catholic Church being under reported in 2013. John Allen has found five of them, and each are worth reading.  On Monday, he picked up another great batch of Papal headlines. Of course, when John Allen moves to the Boston […]

The Way of the World?

Much to my mother’s chagrin, I discovered Monty Python’s Flying Circus when I was in high school. My college friends were all familiar with the show, and could still quote sketches and bits from different TV episodes and movies. The group hit their peak with Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), and Life of […]

A Special Invitation for The New Year

I’ve been reading a lot of articles about the phenomenon of groups that study Scripture and/or talk theology in local bars, and would like to try to organize a group myself. What I’m thinking of is very informal, gathering at 6:30PM in mid town Kansas City for a fine brew, an appetizer and some sharing […]

Homily: Epiphany, Cycle A

Readings of the Day In a movie not long ago, a guy lived by himself and was happy as long as he was left alone. He put up signs to warn people to stay away, and when they didn’t, he scared them away. One day he picked up an obnoxious companion whom he could barely […]

Stories I’ve Found, 1/3/2014

Interesting Stories I’ve Found: Here’s the text of Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message Fraternity: the Foundation and Pathway to Peace. Wake Up the World! is a conversation on religious life published today in La Civiltà Cattolica and this summary presents some quick quotes. Grant Kaplan of Saint Louis University gives us Celibacy as […]