March 3, 2020
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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...

May the Lord be Generous to You

In an 1894 letter to her newlywed cousin, St. Therese of Lisieux wrote: “I am asking our Lord to be as generous to you as He was to the bridal pair at Cana. May He invariably change the water into wine! I mean, may He prolong His gift of...

The Butterfly Effect

In 1960 a research meteorologist named Edward Lorenz, working on a primitive computer, created a mathematical model of weather and climate conditions; he was hoping to find precise, predictable patterns that would make accurate long- range...

Warming The Heart Of Jesus

Warming The Heart Of Jesus

In 1994, a few years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Department of Education invited foreign teachers to come and assist them in Russia. Two American teachers who responded were assigned to teach in a large, government-run orphanage...