February 15, 2019

All Essays

Bearing the Divine Imprint of Love

By and large, it is commonly accepted that artists leave their peculiar imprint on each of their creations. When such uniqueness is not found we speak of counterfeits, imitations, fakes. With this in mind, let us go over again the reading from the...

Our Ability to Love

For the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we hear that beautiful letter from St. Paul (1 Cor 12:31-13:13) in which he speaks of spiritual gifts, the greatest of which is love. Scripture tells us that God is love and that God is the Creator of all...

Our Habits of Neglect

I once read an interesting philosophy volume called Ten Books that Screwed Up the World (MJF Books, 2008). The author, Professor Benjamin Wiker, identifies and describes those books he believes have had the worst influence on human history. The...

Truth: Yours, Mine, and THE

For millennia, people naturally, almost instinctively, understood that truth is objective rather than subjective. In other words, truth is what is actually so about something as distinguished from what people guess, feel, think, or believe is so...

Fulfilled in Our Hearing

Today, this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing. This awesome, solemn statement comes true every time we open the Bible, or hear the readings proclaimed in Church or anywhere else, for that matter. While it is closed, the Bible is not...

Why I Can’t See Heaven

I consider myself the “Job of Travel.” I am convinced that God and the Devil wait to see how much my faith can be tested each time I travel through O’Hare airport. Seriously, is there a smartphone game out there for trying to see how many bags...

The Big Social Security Dilemma

The Internet is overflowing with articles by financial gurus that tell you to take Social Security early or be wise and take it at age 70 when you will get the best and highest monthly return. The majority are wrong for a number of reasons. Social...

Sharing God’s Love with Others

Two construction workers, Mack and Fred, were arguing about religion while working on a job one summer morning. Mack was a non-believer, while Fred had just been received into the Church at Easter. Mack sneered, “You don’t really believe all those...

God is a Communion of Love

To the mysterious aspects of life we ought to add the mysterious message hidden in the Gospel passage from John (2:1-11). We are quite familiar with it, but we do not really know how rich with meaning each line is. The first thing that jumps right...