Monthly Archives: July 2014

Two Commonly Misunderstood Scriptures

Many verses of the Bible are misinterpreted; sometimes I wonder if we get anything right. There are two verses in particular whose misinterpretations cause a lot of widespread grief, and given the situation with poverty, we should tackle them had on because they provide justification for those wishing to deny or limit help to those […]

Homily: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day It was tornado season and a young girl did a very silly thing: she went into the house rather than the cellar when a twister was on the horizon. The house flew up into the sky and came down someplace other than Kansas; Dorothy found herself in Oz. She got there […]

New Jerusalem

What does it mean to be part of a city? As a country boy, the city was a place of wonder and possibilities beyond the boundaries of a small town. When I was a kid, I looked forward to my aunt coming to visit, because she took us on trips into Kansas City to see […]

Homily: 16th Sunday in Orindary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day “And they lived happily ever after.”  It’s the end of a lot of stories we grew up with, isn’t it?  Boy finds girl, seeker finds what he or she is looking for, employee gets the executive job with a corner office, somebody gets a windfall that makes it possible for them […]

On the Border

  The huge story over the past few weeks has been the flood of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border. Sifting through the stories of protest, counter protest, opinion pro and con, and out right fabrications, these elements are on my mind: -As the Watergate informer Deep Throat said, “Follow the money.” Central American children […]

Homily: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day This is a time of year for family reunions. It’s always good to see your relatives and share stories, although sometimes it’s hard to tell if everyone remembers the same event. This isn’t just because an elderly relative is losing their mental faculties, we all experience life from our unique perspectives […]

Books I’ve Read Before I Died, 7/9/2014 Update

Continuing a unique series to this blog, even though there’s only two entries.  The first one is so good I had to say something about it right away. Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ ISBN-13: 9780062024237 Read this last week on vacation, and was overwhelmed. The author is a wonderful storyteller who integrates good […]