Monthly Archives: October 2014

Harvest of Justice

Justice is a concept invoked by many from different perspectives and value sets, and a time or two in song. It its used to both condone and condemn capital punishment, support and revolt against oppression, justify and discredit personal vendettas and conflict. It is used to justify starting wars and killing innocents. What does a […]

Homily: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day Could you walk a straight line blindfolded? I’ve never tried it myself, and I’m not willing to experiment when I could fall and hurt myself, so I was glad the Mythbusters were willing to find out. Adam and Jamie tried to do it three different ways: walking, swimming, and driving without […]

Learning by Teaching

Gaspar del Bufalo was a newly ordained priest in 1808. On October 21 of that year, he was asked to preach at a special celebration. He was a promising young man, already the president of the Santa Galla Hospital, which was involved in caring for the sick and the poor of Rome, had been recognized […]

Homily: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day There were nine who started the journey. Some of them knew each other before, some who had just met. They were on a mission together, a desperate mission. They weren’t bound together by family or other formal commitment, they were only bound by a common cause. They were called The Fellowship […]

Butch and Sundance

I remember the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, when it came out. It was a different Western, a movie about two happy-go-lucky guys who wandered the West with their friends robbing banks and trains. They were likable thieves, played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in their heyday. At the end of the […]

Homily: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day It started with an unexpected party, and lead away from home and into danger.They were on a journey they never expected to take, in a dark place that seemed to go on forever. Frodo despaired for his mission, his future which was seeming to be swallowed in the darkness of Moria. […]

Finding Demons

The liturgical week when September turns to October has multiple feasts focusing on angels and saints of simple disposition: St. Therese of Liseaux and St. Francis of Assisi. As I drove to mass at a local school through rush hour traffic on October 2 (Guardian Angels), I remembered the old saying, “Never drive faster than […]