Monthly Archives: September 2010

If I Were a Rich Man…

Historians like to name drop when telling stories from the past.  That’s because it’s the rich and powerful, the victors in war or economic competition who get to write history.  The winners always get their names mentioned.  But, in the … Continue reading

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The Growing Tide of Discontent

As of this morning’s news online, there are over 25 Roman Catholic parishes who have, in defiance of their bishops, decided to either keep their parishes open and functioning, or, as in the case of Cleveland’s St. Peter’s, decided to … Continue reading

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Be Shrewd, Dude

If you are left wondering what the parable of the wise steward is all about, you are not alone.  Centuries of scholars, saints, pastors and wise guys have struggled with it.  Some wonder why Jesus tells it; others wonder why … Continue reading

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Who is searching for whom?

I am always misplacing things that are important, as anyone who has lived with me can tell you.  I lose my wallet on a weekly basis, each time convinced that I am the victim of theft.  I leave my glasses … Continue reading

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Time to Choose

The famous tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, who made a career in singing opera, is quoted as telling the following story from his youth:      “When I was a boy, my father, who was a baker, introduced me to the wonders of … Continue reading

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Life of the Party

Not only does this Jesus walk on water, heal people of leprosy and other diseases, give good homilies and hang out with the losers: he also sometimes finds himself invited into the homes of the movers and shakers.  He finds … Continue reading

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The Narrow Door Teaching of Jesus

The parable of the narrow door gives us a serious look at Jesus’ values and at the things that matter most to him.  It also leave us with the impression that Jesus is very disappointed, maybe even sad:   sad that … Continue reading

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