Category Archives: contemporary commentary

How to be human

Moral Theologians instruct us that there are three main virtues, known as theological virtues. They are Faith, Hope and Caritas. Caritas is one of those specialized Latin words. Sometimes it is translated as Love; at other times Charity. In English, of … Continue reading

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The Least in the Kingdom

No mere reed shaken with the sultry wind of the desert; No mere reed shaped by the prevailing winds of popularity and fashion, John the Baptist is an uncompromisingly harsh figure which arose from an uncompromisingly harsh desert wilderness. You … Continue reading

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Election Day and Beatitudes with a Twist

  If you have turned on the TV for even 5 minutes this past week, it would be almost impossible to overlook that Tuesday is election day. Regardless of which is your favored candidate, and regardless of which is elected … Continue reading

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But I Need that Mercedes!

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes like this: “The hardest substance known to humankind is water.” At first glance, water does not seem to have the appearance of being a hard substance, especially if it is examined only … Continue reading

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Money the Root of All Evil?

There is a hopeful theme of restoration in the first lesson from Jeremiah. The promise is that a day will come when the land will no longer be occupied and the deed will be good. So, like a few years … Continue reading

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Why’s the glass always half empty?

This coming Sunday’s  first reading (I Kings 17: 8-24) evoked for me the scenes of the 1948 movie, “I remember Mama.” Based on a novel by Kathryn Forbes, titled “Mama’s Bank Account,” the movie was about the trials and tribulations of … Continue reading

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A Day to Remember

At long last it is here; the anticipated official beginning of summer. Days to be warm enough without wearing five layers of clothing, days when picnics and swimming are no longer but a dream but a possibility. Days where the … Continue reading

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