Monthly Archives: August 2014

Homily: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day “Speak friend, and enter.” Gandalf and the Fellowship of the Ring were stuck at the doors of Moria. The door couldn’t be seen except in starlight and moonlight and unless the password was spoken, it didn’t open.  The journey itself was long, uncertain with an unknown evil lurking in the darkness […]

George Orwell and Doctor Who–But Not Together

Avila University starts classes this week, and my stream of consciousness led me recently to an essay by George Orwell Politics and the English Language. (1946)  For you who are willing to digest the entire essay, feel free to follow the link, but for my friends who are writing, both in and out of school, […]

Homily: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day It’s not easy learning to use a lightsaber. It’s not easy to learn anything from scratch, the initial notes on a new instrument or first try behind the wheel of a car are always awkward. Luke Skywalker was having a tough time trying to use a lightsaber under Obi-Wan’s instruction, trying […]

Someone Else’s Problem

The science fiction author Douglas Adams wrote about an advance he called a “Somebody Else’s Problem field.” How it works is based on this principle: “An SEP is something we can’t see, or don’t see, or our brain doesn’t let us see, because we think that it’s somebody else’s problem… The brain just edits it […]

Homily: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day There was an assessment for a group of young men picked to manage a new enterprise. The CEO was told that group had no team concept, and were unqualified for the operation. One man was hot tempered and prone to fits of temper, another had no qualities to lead, two brothers […]

Silent Women?

Recently a recent graduate of Avila University and a fairly new Catholic posted on Facebook that he was struggling with 1 Timothy 2:11-15, wondering whether Paul was being a bit misogynistic. A mutual friend invited me to join the conversation, and after doing a little homework (who does research for Facebook comments?) I had a […]

Homily: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day They were on a desperate journey, one they didn’t want to make. It was a great task, to take the One Ring to safety before the Dark Lord could get it, and they almost waited too long. Frodo and Sam and their companions set out from their home without the great […]

The Great War: A Poetic Rememberance

100 years ago the Great War began, the War to End All Wars. It began because the Great Powers of Europe assumed at some point they would go to war, and when the lights started going out, they all went out. The first balance of power failed miserable, and brought a four year conflict without […]

Homily: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day It was the world premiere of a new piece of music.  One of the great composers of his day had a new work for chorus and orchestra, and the city of Vienna was buzzing in anticipation.  The composer had a difficult time organizing the performance: there was trouble getting a hall […]