Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/103005.htm The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. The idea of servant leadership is a hot topic for me these days. As I and my friends prepare to be ordained as transitional deacons, the whole meaning of the word is encompassed… Continue reading Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

It finally happened…

I’m not the world’s greatest sports fan, especially of baseball, but… I’ve been a life-long Chicagoan and have had some very happy memories at Sox games (Cubs games too, because Mom’s a Cubs fan). My Dad is the life-long White Sox fan, and was even able to see the game in Chicago on Sunday. It’s… Continue reading It finally happened…

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Coming Soon to a Church Near You

http://www.washingtonpost…5102002186.html “Left Behind: World at War,” the third movie based on the Left Behind series of novels about Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus, will open tonight on 3,200 screens across the country. But it will not be shown in a single commercial theater. Maybe it’s because the premise is fundamentally flawed?

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Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/102305.htm “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The… Continue reading Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

It’s a small world, after all…

This is kind of an inside joke from CPE. We had a running thing about which songs would set off the various staff chaplains because it would be impossible to get them out of their heads. For M, it was … well, I can’t remember what it was; for William it was “It’s a Small… Continue reading It’s a small world, after all…

The Burglar who Painted Like Mondrian

This one, obviously, I read for pleasure. Lawrence Block’s burglar series, featuring ex-Burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, is always good for a laugh and some light but often complicated whodunit action. The Burglar who Painted Like Mondrian is no exception. Bernie, his pal Carolyn, cop Ray Kirschmann, and the whole host of others are all colorful and… Continue reading The Burglar who Painted Like Mondrian

The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene

I just finished reading The Power and the Glory for my Theology of Priesthood class. I must say that I enjoyed the novel, and found it to be a quick read. Quick as it was, though, there was a lot in there, of course. It was about failure, and how that failure can impact a… Continue reading The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/101605.htm At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” I think this statement begs the question, “What doesn’t belong to God?” I think I’ve often missed this irony on Jesus’ part. After all, Jesus certainly wasn’t preaching that we should compartmentalize our… Continue reading 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/100905.htm “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. The king said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind… Continue reading 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Guardian Angels, Watch Over Us

If this hadn’t been Sunday (not that Sunday is bad mind you … the Resurrection is the summit of all our feasts), this would have been the feast of the Guardian Angels. I remember being very young (four or five, maybe) and mom teaching me the prayer: Dear angel of God, my guardian dear, to… Continue reading Guardian Angels, Watch Over Us

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