Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Blessed are they who hope in the Lord

Today’s readings When I was growing up, I always liked the “Peanuts” comic strip. Some of the best were the ones that started with “Happiness is…” So they would show pictures of Peppermint Patty hugging Snoopy with the caption “Happiness is a warm puppy” while another said, “Happiness is a good friend.” I think those… Continue reading Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Blessed are they who hope in the Lord

Friday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time: Who are we to answer God?

Today’s readings [Mass for the school children.] Our first reading today sounds almost like God could be asking us all the same questions. He asked Job these things to help Job understand that God knows things that Job will never come to understand. We’re like that too. How many of us have ever told the… Continue reading Friday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time: Who are we to answer God?

Thursday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time: I know that my Vindicator lives!

Today’s readings This is the first opportunity I’ve had to preach on the ongoing reading of the book of Job this week. I have to admit that the book of Job disturbs me all the time, just because of the seeming unfairness of it. The whole idea of Job being a pawn in the ongoing… Continue reading Thursday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time: I know that my Vindicator lives!

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time: It’s not about me.

Today’s readings Today we should spend some time reflecting on one of the essential truths of our faith, and that is: It’s not about me. In fact, I hope you will memorize those four words and find yourself repeating them all through the coming week. If we are ever to get anything out of our… Continue reading 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time: It’s not about me.

A Letter to Diognetus: We’re Not Home Yet

Today's Office of Readings has as its second reading an excerpt from a Letter to Diognetus.  This is one of my favorite readings.  I'm not sure why, because every year when I read it, it makes me feel uneasy, unworthy — yeah, all of that.  Listen to this portion of it: Christians love those who… Continue reading A Letter to Diognetus: We’re Not Home Yet

Things we ought to give up for Lent

A surface reading of Catholic blogs lately has made me ponder the purpose of these things. Since it’s Lent, I thought maybe all of us, bloggers or readers, could resolve to give up some things: The use of the phrase “put the smackdown on…” in reference to religious leaders. For example, “Pope Benedict or Pope… Continue reading Things we ought to give up for Lent

Say More About That

In CPE, we had a little “inside joke,” if you will, about the statement, “say more about that.” That’s one of those phrases often used in counselling, spiritual direction, and CPE. It’s a good, open-ended question, better than something that would call for a “yes” or “no” answer. But it gets thrown around so much,… Continue reading Say More About That

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