Monthly Archives: January 2014

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 […]

Books I’ve Read Before I Died, 1/1/2014 Update

More books I’ve read before I died, since the last time I made a list.  My nieces pointed me to the first two and the rest was discovered online from various sources. First, three SciFi/Fantasy series: The Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. An everyman working detective/wizard in contemporary Chicago in a trenchcoat keeps us […]