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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day I have a one guilty pleasure: watching poker on television. It’s only watching poker since I’ve rarely played in person. Losing money is against my religion. But I’m interested in the strategy of the game, the different possibilities of card combinations, and the psychology of one player trying to outplay the […]

Homily: All Saints Day

Readings of the Day Have you known any saints? Anyone who has lived a life that you consider saintly? When I visited schools, I‘ve been asking the school kids what does takes to be a saint, and of course I got a lot of answers. What’s easier is to talk about saints in real life […]

Palm Sunday 2016

Readings of the Day Taking a walk with a friend can be more than exercise. Walking together is a way of sharing spirits. Whatever you see, you see together. Whatever you hear, you hear together. Whatever you encounter, you encounter together. Walking together is an opportunity to talk that is unhurried; there can be great […]

Reformation Lunch, around 1535

Last weekend was the 50th Anniversary of the British Sci-Fi series, Doctor Who. Just as I’d be happy if someone beamed me up to the Enterprise, I’d accept an invitation to ride the TARDIS. The recent anniversary of the Reformation and the approach Thanksgiving gave me cause to speculate whether I’d seek a lunch date […]

Homily: Christ the King, 2013

Readings of the Day When things are bad, it’s tough to figure out what to do. You can find yourself in ugly situations, embarrassing situations, places you can’t stay. You want to run away, find somewhere new. There’s two words that can present you with a philosophy of life when you can’t face the present, […]

Stories I’ve Found, 11/22/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found: An intriguing film documenting reconciliation by Zachary Roberts tells the story of the family of Amish Schoolhouse shooter Charles Roberts.  This is the continuation of a remarkable story that began almost immediately after the event. A portrait of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the new president of the United States Conference of Catholic […]

Nothing for the Elephants

An African proverb says: “When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” My grandfather was a veteran, serving in the Army at the end of World War 1, and being stationed in Siberia in a largely forgotten story about U.S. troops that fought against the Reds in the Russian Revolution. He was a train […]