October 23, 2018

Tag - Sin

Everyday Dirt

One of my favorite weeks of the year right now is the residency week for a spiritual direction program I am in. This program requires me to travel each June to the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, North Carolina. The 2018 week was a...

Sin and Repentance

In 1962 and 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings that forbade praying or reading the Bible in public schools. Since those decisions, teen pregnancy has gone up by 700%, sexually transmitted diseases are at an all-time high, the...

Quo Vadis: Where are You Going?

 The classic 19th century novel Quo Vadis, which was later made into a movie in 1951 and again in 2001, tells how the early Church slowly took root and began growing in Rome, in spite of being declared illegal and sometimes facing persecution by the...

Once in a while, it is OK to Sing the Blues

Once in a while, it is OK to sing the blues. The peaks of joy and elation would not feel so high if it weren’t for the valleys of sorrow, trials and feeling blue. So, we join Isaiah as he sings God’s blues. “Let me now sing of my friend, my friend’s...

The Seven Deadly Sins

Once there was a liberal clergyman who became pastor of a somewhat traditional church, and after a few weeks of listening to his modernistic, politically-correct preaching, some of his parishioners came to him and asked, “Reverend, do you believe in...

God’s Breath of Life

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 22:23) The unmistakable message that John is conveying to...

Imagine If God Were to Profile Us

Recently, at the Maryland State House of Delegates an animation video of a late term abortion was shown. It gruesomely depicted the dismemberment of a preborn baby done with sharp forceps. Most of the viewers were horrified by the protracted cruelty...

You Sat Exhausted Looking for Me

There is a stanza in the ancient hymn Dies Irae (Day of wrath) of all hymns that reminds us of the core message of the gospel narrative (Jn 4:5-42) for the Third Sunday of Lent. Quaerens me sedisti lassus, Redimisti Crucem passus, tantus labor non...

Rise, and Do Not Be Afraid

I grew up on a farm, and sometimes I rode with my father on the tractor when he was out working in the fields. On occasion he let me take the steering wheel; that was okay, because he was still the one actually driving. When I was about eleven...