March 6, 2021
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Regarding Compassion and Generosity

Some years ago an elderly man collapsed on a busy street corner in downtown Brooklyn, and in the ambulance on the way to the hospital he kept calling out for his son.  A nurse at the hospital went through his wallet, looking for identification, and...

God’s Generosity

Imagine there are seven houses on your street. Yours is the one on the corner, and it’s the most valuable one, having an appraisal of $250,000. Two of your neighbors’ homes are worth $200,000; two are worth $180,000, and the other two are worth...

Discovering the Kingdom

Over the years the pastor of a remote parish befriended a parishioner who had made himself rather wealthy through ingenuity and hard work. The Pastor caught him after Mass one Sunday and said: “Joe, I got the impression that, lately, you stopped...

The Meaning of “Merry Christmas”

Americans celebrate the joy of Christmas and the birth of our Savior through giving. Gifts to our families express our belief that the world was saved with the birth of Jesus Christ. Our giving extends beyond our families. Our appreciation is shared...

I Didn’t Pray for My Dog

Last night I learned that dogs have “Do Not Recessisate,” or DNR orders, too. I laughed  to myself at the irony: I’ve signed two DNRs for my mother and would not consider it for my two year old dog. People who know me know that I am totally into my...

My Ways Are Not Your Ways

Every three years we are called upon to meditate and to live by the teaching of this strange yet familiar parable (Mt 20:1-16) that flies in the face of distributive justice: i.e., each one should be getting whatever each one deserves. At first, it...

The Abundant Life

“I came so that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) These words spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of John are very familiar and very beautiful. The abundant life that Jesus offers sounds very attractive, but this abundant...

Our Sins of Omission

At the beginning of the 7th century, the patriarch or archbishop of Alexandria in Egypt was a very holy man named John.  Today he is known as St. John the Almsgiver because of his extreme generosity to the poor. He came from a rich noble family, and...