The Word is Life

It’s Time to Take off the Masks

Here is a link to today's readings. Hallowe'en seems like the perfect time to talk about masks. Many of us take great joy in seeing the little ones dressed in their costumes for parties, parades, and trick-or-treating. Even some of us...

God is Not a Candy Machine!

Here is a link to today’s readings. Have you ever visited a church and come across a particular genre of prayer, the unfailing prayer? I’m guessing you have. These prayers promise you will be answered if you pray according to an...

We Are Not Christian Without This Prayer

Here is a link to today’s readings. There is nothing more natural than praying for those we love, especially when they are in need, when they are sick or sorrowful, when they are hurting, anxious, or lost. We turn to God,...

Gratitude is Much More than a Thank You

Here is a link to today’s readings. There were technical difficulties getting this blog posted, which is why it was not up last weekend. I appreciate your patience. Reader alert: This blog mentions a suicide attempt. Although it is not the...

Praying in and for a Dark World

Here is a link to today’s readings. Some days you just want to give up and run away. As I’m typing this, my mood and morale are hovering just above zero. My early morning college class bombed, I’m coming down with...

Stop Being Indifferent!

Here is a link to today’s readings. Jesus came to comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable. Have you heard this common saying before? It captures succinctly the message of the readings this weekend. If we are living in comfort...

Enough is a Banquet

Here is a link to today’s readings. In my one-bedroom apartment, there are three closets and all of them are full. One of them is entirely filled with sweatshirts and sweaters of various weights, colors, and styles. The apartment used to...

Conversion and Prodigality

Here is a link to today’s readings. Today is September 11th. Let us take a moment to pray for those who died in the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and in a field in Pennsylvania. Let us pray for those...

Witnesses to Christ, Naked on the Cross

Here is a link to today’s readings. Mother Teresa is being canonized today! She, like all the saints, is what I call a remote witness. They are able to speak to us over centuries, although we never knew them personally in...

Meek and Humble of Heart

Here is a link to today’s readings. Since we celebrated my mother’s birthday together last time with some cake, let me share a story. When I was still a teenager, my mother and one of my brothers and I went to...