Six Ways to Build Community in Your Parish

| November 6, 2009

We’re outgrowing our church … and it’s all Fr. Felipe’s fault. Well, not fault. Credit. The fact is, we’ve had our pastor only a short time but he’s awakened so much of the parish. Since he got here, we’ve had a phenomenal adult retreat, several great retreats for teens, small faith communities forming, numerous Bible […]

A short Bible reflection on suffering

| September 11, 2009

Monday’s reading this week was interesting. In it, we see the value of redemptive suffering. Col 1:24–2:3 Brothers and sisters: I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his Body, which is the Church, of which […]

Ten Cents Worth

| September 9, 2009

1. The most important words in the English language are please, thanks, and sorry. If you can learn to use them regularly, your life will go more smoothly, you’ll have less need to make excuses, and people will like you better. Use them, and mean them. 2. Christians: when sharing your faith, ask yourself what […]

The Least of These

| July 17, 2009

Today My Charming and Patient Husband and I were discussing the Church, and where people with learning disabilities feel comfortable and welcomed, and a thought occurred to me: that in many venues, they might be thought of as “the least.” But if you think about it at all, if you have any value for humanity, […]

The Reason for the Season

| January 18, 2009

It’s a phrase you didn’t expect to hear again for a while, isn’t it? We heard it again and again during Advent, and possibly even during Christmas season (for those non-Catholics here, I’m referring to the time between Christmas day — the Feast of the Nativity — and the Epiphany). And then, somewhere along the […]

10 Things that Keep Me Going

| June 10, 2008

10. Guilt. I’m the master of it, and there’s nobody I give it to more than myself. I must go on, because I feel guilty about all the things undone. 9. Sheer stubbornness. I do not give up easily. 8. Coffee. There’s something reassuring about old routines, and I’ve always kind of associated coffee with […]

The Religion of Peace Idolatry

| December 4, 2007

They say they don’t worship any man. There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his name? Um, I mean prophet. Er, Prophet. Uh, I mean Prophet, peacebeuntohim. Or is that peace be unto Him? They call upon the government to execute a person who allows her kid to name his teddy bear after […]

20 Reasons to Pray for Chaz

| February 5, 2004

In his pamphlet 20 Reasons to Abandon Christianity, Chaz Bufe devotes one chapter to each of the rants he has against Christianity. Most of his reasons for opposing Christianity are based on a faulty understanding of the faith; but a few show clear understanding of what Christianity teaches… in which case, his comments only hold […]