Holiness of the Pharisees

Readings for Sunday, February 12 Radio talk show hosts make a living on it. Show after show, they bring before our eyes stupid, unjust and wasteful situations in order to incite outrage. We love to listen and get ourselves all…

silence

Silence: A Movie Review

Silence is a faith-based film for those (like me) who can’t stand faith-based films. It is not an easy movie to watch. It is a film which was made not to entertain an audience but rather, as all good art…

Life and Life Jackets

A “petition” has been created to ban life jackets, because “(t)he only 100% effective way to prevent drowning is total abstinence from going in the water.” Though the creator has replaced logical argumentation with sarcasm, I’ll give the benefit of…

Social Media

Fast from News and Social Media, Focus on Jesus

Ah, social media, the obsession of the modern age. Addictive and compelling, so many of us check it every day, several times a day, not just on our computers, but on our phones everywhere we go. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat,…

True Radiance, Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life

A book review by Nancy Ward The subtitle of True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life, reflects Lisa Mladinich’s way of relating her experience and encouragement to women. Readers find grace here in her wisdom and insight….

What’s a Visioning Homily?

So your parish has a vision, and maybe even a catchy vision statement–now what? Vision that’s not communicated broadly falls flat. Because the point of vision is that it guides everyone. Not just the elite. Not just leaders. Everyone. How…

You are the Salt of the Earth

Sunday Readings for February 5 As a Catholic teen growing up in one of the most Catholic area of the US, I never would have considered abandoning my faith. But neither would I ever have considered getting excited about it….

The Lord Is My Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Psalm 23 is one of the most quoted psalms, and for many very good reasons. The familiar words remind us of God’s love for us, love which never wavers…

Choose Truth. Chose Joy.

  We love to complain, whether to our family over dinner, to our friends on social media, or to relative strangers through posts on our blogs. We criticize, judge and gripe, sometimes throwing in humor to make it go down…

We Need a New Word for “Love”

  We Need a New Word for “Love” By John S. Cohoat The problem? The word “love” gets used in so many trite ways…people have such low expectations or understanding of how to love. In fact, the word gets thrown…