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  • Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • At The End of The Day Notwithstanding differences in our genetic make up and DNA, we all start out in life like Jacob in the Old Testament on the bottom rung of a tall ladder ? no exceptions! And we all have a common destiny ? salvation, which is the fulfillment of our identity with the Cosmic Christ. Even atheists can attest that somehow life offers the opportunity for fulfillment, else w [続きを読む]
  • Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • Keep your lamp burning brightly Because I am a bit of a romanticist, I prefer a happy ending to a novel or even a documentary. I r
    ead with the hope that somehow divine intervention will change a sad outcome before I get to the final chapter or the last paragra
    ph. This is no less true whenever I read gospel parables such as that of the five wise and five foolish versions. As with the outc
    ome of [続きを読む]
  • Communal or Communist?
  • Website Editorial Note: The following article from the New York Times Review, Opinion was brought to my attention by a colleague a
    nd good friend. It is a relatively succinct reflection on what might be for some, a rather complex and even controversial topic.
    I found David Hart’s analysis stimulating and thought provoking. It triggered some thoughts that might be of interest to website
    visitors [続きを読む]
  • Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • None of us are off the hook…neither I in the pulpit nor you in the pew! Despite my best intentions, rarely do I begin preparing
    my weekend homily before Wednesday morning. Of course at my age anything I read before Friday is subject to permanent memory los
    s anyway. Nevertheless, even after fifty-five years of homily preparation, I still get the ‘pre-game jitters’ on Saturday afte
    rnoon or S [続きを読む]
  • Sisters On The Bus... Welcome!
  • Website Editor’s Note: It is by now a commonly accepted fact that the religious sisters in the United States by and large are o
    n the vanguard of evangelization. But their approach to the preaching of the Gospel is quite unique and none more unique than the
    “sisters on the bus” who travelled across the country during the presidential campaign, calling our attention to the vital iss
    ues that im [続きを読む]
  • Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • Love is Just and Justice is Love(To live in justice is to love in Christ) I was fortunate to grow up in a mixed neighborhood in Mo
    rristown long before it went upscale. Relatively speaking we were a family of modest means. I reckon on today’s standards we wou
    ld even have been considered poor. But there were neighbors who had less than we. Most of what my sister and I learned about life
    took pla [続きを読む]
  • Building Bridges... A Book Review
  • Website Editor’s Note: Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, and author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers “Jesus: A Pilgrimage” and “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything.” Among his other books, “My Life with the Saints” and “Between Heaven and Mirth” were n [続きを読む]
  • Pastor's Study... On The Soul of America II
  • -Website Editor’s Note_ This the second of two installments of Father Bryan Massingales address to the National Association of Catholic Priests in New York City. Bryan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and currently teaching at Fordham University. As with the first installment that you may have already received by email together with the first installment it may be helpful to download [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • Who’s in charge here? “Two different worlds, we live in, two different worlds, we love in….” These are the lyrics of a popular song dating back to ‘whenever.’ I don’t recall the year and I don’t remember all the words but the song came to mind as I reflected on the Scriptural selections for this weekend. Actually we live not in two but in ten different worlds: the world of family, [続きを読む]
  • Pastor's Study...On The Soul of America I
  • Website Editor’s Note: The following article is the first installment of an address delivered at the annual meeting of the Na
    tional Association of Catholic Priests. The second installment will follow on Saturday. It’s a long address guaranteed to raise
    a few feathers of some good people. I recommend that you download it into a text document and read it at leisure. Do not draw conc
    lusions un [続きを読む]
  • Pastor's Study... On The Soul of America II
  • So what are we fighting for? King called the vision the “great world house.” He described it this way: “We have inherited a large house, a great world house in which we have to live together, black and white. Easterner and Westerner, gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu, a family unduly separated in ideas, cultures, and interests, who, because we can never live again ap [続きを読む]
  • Guest Editorial / Commentary
  • Website Editor’s Comment: It may seem an anachronism by now to add one more editorial and commentary on guns and unrestricted g
    un laws. Legislation is long overdue. Congress continues to pander to the whims and willful negligence of the gun lobby. Money rat
    her than the safety of citizens is the motivating force and is paving the way to the next massacre. Father Lasch Editorial: Now i
    s the t [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • The feast at the top of the mountain Enjoying a feast on the top of a mountain is an interesting metaphor. My experiences of moun
    taintop meals have not always been pleasant. The combination of thin air and mountain fever makes food less appetizing on Pike’
    s Peak in the Rockies or on Mount Pilatus in the Alps. Nevertheless, the biblical metaphor of a feast on the top of a mountain sti
    ll has m [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • On the Care of the Earth I think I have shared on more than one occasion, a description of my grandfather’s victory garden. Most of the garden was dedicated to the cultivation of vegetables but space for vintage grape vines was respected and reserved if not for their quality, at least for their age. They were still producing enough grapes for a healthy afternoon snack but not enough for a cas [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • From ‘No’ to a Resounding ‘Yes!’ or Just Do It! It’s a parable to which most of us can relate because either we’ve been there and done that as a child or we’ve been there and done that as an adult. I could usually tell from the tone of my mother’s voice whether or not an impending task was a command performance or just a friendly invitation to join in a few household chores. Wheneve [続きを読む]
  • The Long Road to Recovery
  • Website Editorial Note: Longtime subscribers to this website may recall that it was initiated thirteen years as a commentary on cu
    rrent events in the Church and on world events effecting the Church at large and of interest to people in the pew. For several ye
    ars, a great deal of attention focused on the cover-up of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the U.S. Church in general and in the di
    ocese in [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • No Fair! “In the olden days” there were very few organized sports for children. We engaged in neighborhood “pick-up” games. If there were enough kids on the block, someone would say, “Who wants to play kick ball, stick ball or two-hand touch?” all variants on soccer, baseball, or football but played on the street instead of a field. I was not a star player. I was usually the last to be [続きを読む]
  • The Vietnam War
  • Website Editorial Note: I have been riveted to the PBS ‘documentary’ on the Vietnam War. I have not missed an episode and intend to watch it the very end. It is not an easy film to watch and I do confess that I have found the constant battle scenes a bit tedious at times. I reckon that may be the result of the tendency to view them as scenes from a Hollywood feature film. Unless I am mistaken [続きを読む]
  • Editorial Op-Ed 'Extra' on Health Care
  • Website Editorial Note: Once again, Americans are faced with another attempt to deny the human right of every citizen to health c
    are. It is not a privilege granted to few or to those who can afford it. It is a human right. The two articles that follow speak f
    or themselves. One from a respected conservative, David Brooks, the second for a very well respected Catholic humanitarian, Sr. Ca
    rol Keeh [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • Untie the knots Rarely does a day pass without a report of hurt or hardship of one kind or other, the result of physical or mental
    abuse by friend or foe. And what of the picayune offenses, grudges and misdemeanors that disturb the peace and nag at the heart?
    Caught in the cross fire of war in the streets and war on battle fields across the ocean, still reeling from the effects of hurric
    anes H [続きを読む]
  • A Vote for Prophecy
  • Website Editor’s Note: Here’s a vote for prophecy, a much needed vocation in the Church. On the other hand, there are Church p
    rophets who are not officially recognized. Perhaps that’s one of the characteristics of an authentic prophet! Though Richard Ro
    hr does not lay claim to that title, I believe he fulfills the requirements. Indeed, he lives in “on the edge of the inside.”
    I can name ot [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • It’s all about healing love The following story is not a true story but there is truth in the story. It’s a family story about a man losing control over his life and risking the loss of his family in the process. This man had worked hard all his life. You might say that he pulled himself up by the bootstraps after the depression. He married his teenage sweetheart and together they headed ou [続きを読む]
  • The Role of Women in the Church
  • Website Editor’s Note: Notwithstanding the recognition by the Pope and several bishops of the importance of women in the life of
    the Church, their role in deliberative and decision-making positions remains limited to counsel and advice. Where would local par
    ishes be were it not for the action and activity of women? The article below is just one more opportunity to raise the consciousn
    ess and [続きを読む]
  • Labor Day
  • Tradition of the Church on the Dignity of Work. Work should be the setting for this rich personal growth, where many aspects of li
    fe enter into play: creativity, planning for the future, developing our talents, living out our values, relating to others, giving
    glory to God. It follows that, in the reality of today’s global society, it is essential that “we continue to prioritize the
    goal of a [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • “It’s a question of living one’s life in a drastically different way.”[Dorothy Day] An MRI or CAT Scan surveys all or a po
    rtion of the human body and can identify signs of a life-threatening illness before it matures and takes hold of an individual. It
    ’s really an extraordinary diagnostic. Of course, it takes trained technicians to administer the scan and knowledgeable physici
    ans to inte [続きを読む]