October 11, 2020
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A Gift Too Precious To Squander

A Gift Too Precious To Squander

When I was about four or five, my mother announced one day that she was going to the store and intended to buy, among other things, a new toy for me to play with.  For some reason—I don’t remember what—I didn’t want it.  I wasn’t being polite; I was...

Striving To Imitate God’s Self-Giving Nature

A businessman returned from a trip to France, and one of the souvenirs he brought back for his wife was a matchbox that was supposed to glow in the dark. Upon giving it to her, he turned out the light—but nothing happened. “I’ve been cheated!” he...

Opening Our Hearts To The Spirit’s Gifts

Scripture tell us that when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove—and so this image is often used for the Holy Spirit.  In medieval times, dozens or even hundreds of doves would be released inside cathedrals to remind...

Pentecost: A Continuing Event

Pentecost: A Continuing Event

Following the Ascension of Christ into heaven we embark on our quest for God in a new dimension, in a new era. Perhaps it is the other way around. Perhaps we should understand it as God’s coming to us rather than our approach to God. After all, it...

Thankful For God’s Blessings

Thankful For God’s Blessings

Over a hundred years ago there was a rural cemetery down South with a number of different types of inscriptions carved on the tombstones.  Some were very elaborate, giving the person’s name and including remarks such as “Beloved Husband, Loving...

Unwrapping the Divine Gift

Unwrapping the Divine Gift

In today’s world, identification codes and passwords and secret numbers often have an important role.  Many of us can remember our experiences when we were young:  children like to have clubhouses and fortresses, and to allow entry only to those who...

Talents On Loan From God

On this 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, I want to begin by noting that in Jesus’ time among us a talent was a huge amount of money. The coin denominated as a talent was very valuable indeed. For us today we think of talents not as money but as special...

Seeing Life As A Gift

This is an important time of the football season, especially for those high school teams making the playoffs.  Different coaches and teams have their own strategies for preparing for the games and psyching themselves up.  One undefeated high school...