September 23, 2018

True Greatness

Our Gospel reading for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time is from Mark (9:30-37), and it follows immediately after the story of the Transfiguration. That incident was a very moving and awesome experience for the apostles. They were enthusiastic about...

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Papier-mâché Christianity

Chances are you’ve heard of the famous Passion Play of Oberammergau in Germany. Back in 1633, one hundred villagers died in an epidemic of the bubonic plague, and the people vowed that if God would spare the rest of them, they would reenact the...

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True Greatness

Our Gospel reading for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time is from Mark (9:30-37), and it follows immediately after the story of the Transfiguration. That incident was a very moving and awesome experience for the apostles. They were enthusiastic about...

Good Men Live in Perilous Times Today

In the world of politics today, the most effective weapon in order to defeat your opponent is not a firm understanding of the issues or the ability to think on one’s feet in a stressful situation. Nor is it a life of character and service to one’s...

Papier-mâché Christianity

Chances are you’ve heard of the famous Passion Play of Oberammergau in Germany. Back in 1633, one hundred villagers died in an epidemic of the bubonic plague, and the people vowed that if God would spare the rest of them, they would reenact the...

An Aging Elephant

For most Americans, abortion is the elephant in the room. Everyone knows it is there but decorum and civility warrant that it not be discussed in polite company. In the 45 years since Roe v. Wade, the abortion aura has deeply permeated our schools...

The Lord God Opens My Ear

“The Lord God opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back.” Sound familiar? It should. It is the beginning of the first reading of the Church’s Good Friday service. It is Isaiah’s prophecy about the destiny of God’s...

An Open Letter To Seekers

I am writing this letter on another anniversary of the events of 9/11. That was a day in which we saw great evil followed by acts of love, faith and charity. It occurred to me this morning how much, in a world of faith, evil can abide. The recent...

A Lost Paradise

Comedians, playwrights and pundits have had a field day with the institution of marriage. For generations, it has served as fertile ground for sitcoms, the stage and cinema from the Bickersons, the Honeymooners and Hennie Youngman to Who’s Afraid of...