Monthly Archives: September 2014

Homily: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day Let me tell you a story, if I may, and if you’d like you can try to figure out where I got it. It was a city under siege.  They had fought long and hard against the forces of evil, had lost many good people, and it was not enough.  It […]


We like to put our leaders on pedestals, and we like knocking them off. Part of basic human nature, I guess. What cost does making admirable people larger than life? Rarely is the price worth the elevation, even in the case of a saint. Pope Gregory the Great (590-604) was a towering figure in his […]

Homily: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day I understand exams are coming up: there’s inevitable around a school, aren’t they? They’re necessary evils, since teachers need to know how their students are going and there aren’t many other ways to find out. Of course, you kick your reading into high gear and try to figure out what’s going […]

Out of Alignment

It’s easy to understand there is a problem when your car is out of alignment. It’s not going to fall apart right away, but over the course of time things will wear out sooner than they should, and eventually things will get beyond repair. This is as true of societies as it is for cars. […]

Homily: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Readings of the Day Images aren’t reality, what we see can mislead us. When Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion approached the Wizard’s throne room they were greeting by a huge head surrounded by gouts of fire demanding why they were there, threatening dire punishment for offending him, and sending them […]

Country Club Parish

The Country Club is an institution I imagine most of us are familiar with. In addition to golf courses and space for other outdoor sports, they provide facilities for many kinds of special social gatherings. Membership in the club means having access to facilities, and rights to certain privileges. Being a guest at a Country […]

Homily: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day My hometown of Higginsville was where a Confederate veterans home stood for many years, and there is still a memorial to those men at the park north of town. When I was growing up, I was amazed to learn that the biggest supporters for Confederate homes such as these were groups […]