Monthly Archives: December 2014

Leftover Jesus

This article first appeared in The New Wine Press of November 25, 2004. A small addition follows. ***** Imagine that you’ve been invited over to spend a Sunday afternoon to the house of someone that you’d really like to get to know better for the Holy Grail of Real Man activities, watching the NFL. The […]

Homily: Holy Family 2014

Readings of the Day While I’m hanging out and surfing the channels during the holiday season, I enjoy all the retrospectives on TV series and movies from the Sixties, Seventies and so forth. It’s great to hear what was going on backstage: all the struggles to get the project off the ground, all the people […]

Homily: Christmas Midnight, 2014

Readings of the Day Night has had a certain fascination for us ever since our ancestors started building fires to light it. The time without light connects with primordial chaos, with wild unpredictable spirits, with sinister deeds and motives. We are naturally afraid of night, particularly of that absolute pitch blackness which disorients us and […]

Seasoned

Recently I was helping out at a nearby parish, and I ran into someone I’ve known from the first parish I served in. That person said that I sounded “seasoned.” I’ve been a priest for 14 ½ years: when I started I used to mark the first time I did particular sacraments, such as my […]

Homily: 4th Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Readings of the Day Pope Francis was in the news this week in a big way, more than usual. The United States and Cuba came to an agreement to resume diplomatic relations, and both gave the Holy Father credit for facilitating the process. This doesn’t make everything right this instant, but it is huge step […]

Searching for Peace

We’re happy to describe Middle Eastern terrorists as Muslim or Islamic. It’s hard to separate it, and if I were to try, I imagine most people wouldn’t understand what I’m talking about. This extends to the man who took over a storefront in Australia and eventually died when the police broke in: new reports consistently […]

Homily: 3rd Sunday in Advent, Cycle B

Readings of the Day The first book of the Lord of the Rings is a great escape story as Frodo, Sam and their companion try to reach a save haven, Rivendell. A sanctuary, a place of refuge, a place where things will be all right. It’s a dangerous journey, with unexpected traps and unexpected friends, […]