Christmases Past

We’ve almost made it to Christmas. Just being so close to the solemn celebration of the birth of Jesus brings memories of Christmases in my family’s parish church. Singing in the parish choir was a delightful challenge every Christmas. Learning the words for English, German, and Latin carols was fun...

Jesus and the Moth

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, at contributor to A Friar’s E-spirations. Learn more about this FREE e-newsletter here. Chapters 5, 6, and 7 of Matthew’s Gospel contain Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. These chapters contain about 101 verses and are considered a basic summary of Jesus’...

Accepting God’s Word

In December, we celebrate Jesus’ birth, but that was possible only because Mary of Nazareth agreed to cooperate with God’s plan for the human family. Mary’s “May it be done to me according to [God’s] word” (Lk 1:38b) became her life’s connecting thread. Inspired by Mary’s example, Blessed...

Waiting for Vizzini

In one of my favorite scenes from The Princess Bride, Inigo Montoya is outside a pub, falling-down drunk, and he has this exchange with the soldier sent to remove him: Inigo: I am waiting for you, Vizzini. You told me to go back to the beginning. So I have. This is where I am, and this is where I’ll stay....

Psalm 36

The first 10 verses of this psalm are a meditation.  The author observes both the wicked and the good.  He considers their relationship to God. Sin gets into the heart of the wicked and drives God out of their lives.  They have no fear (or reverence) for God.  God means nothing to them.  Far from...

Oh deer.

The other day, I heard gun shots off in the distance, just as dawn was rising. Hunting season has opened. Actually, it started back in October, with ducks and pheasants; bow and arrow hunting for deer is allowed in October, as well. Deer proliferate in this area, and they cause a lot of problems: from...

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