Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dialogues of the Carmelites

Recently, I became aware of a fantastic closing scene from a French opera, The Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc. This is a YouTube video of the final scene. It speaks for itself. It’s based on a real-life story of a group of nuns sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution. Here’s an […]

Homily: 6th Sunday of Easter, Cycle A

He was taking the money and running. That’s what his friends assumed: he was a man they chartered for a ride through dangerous territory and it turned out worse than they expected. Even though they had to fight their way through impossible odds in order to rescue a Princess from Darth Vader, it seemed Han […]

A Challenge to Charity

The gospel reading for Thursday of the fourth week of Easter is John 13:16-20. Jesus talks about how one who shared table with him had “raised his heel against him.” It brought me to a realization I never had before: when Jesus washed his disciples feet at the Last Supper, Judas was one who had […]

Homily: 5th Sunday of Easter

Readings of the day  I’m a creature of habit. When I empty my pockets, I usually put them at the same place of my desk; this is true of almost everything I use regularly. The challenge is I’m also absent-minded, always have been. When I lose something, it’s usually because I put it in another […]

Stories I’m Finding

I know many of you were looking at the story summary each week, and I want to let you know I haven’t stopped searching for interesting material.  The difference is now I’m posting interesting stories as I find them on my Twitter account that’s automatically linked to Facebook.  The reason I did this: it saves […]


Here’s the editor’s notes for the March 2014 issue of The New Wine Press, one of the journals I’m responsible for.  We live in a society seemingly obsessed with labeling everyone: in this one, I propose the one label that matters.

Homily: 4th Sunday in Easter, Cycle A

  I grew up around Higginsville, Missouri and I spent about half my childhood on a small farm: about 40 acres, a weekend farm. We put in a field of wheat some years, and had pigs, chickens, geese, dogs and sheep. It wasn’t a huge flock, I don’t think we ever had more than 30 […]

Homily: Third Sunday of Easter, Cycle A

Readings of the Day I grew up in a small town, and small towns are places where there are few unknowns.  Everyone knows everyone else, the sense of community is very strong, like nothing else.  There’s a lot of good in that, and some challenges as well. If you want to say something bad about […]