The Word is Life

A Paschal Symphony!

The blurred visions of shattered glass and clearing smoke announced yet another slaughter of the innocent. I stared blankly at the wave of human fear racing from a bombed out departure lounge and struggling to climb to the surface from...

The Stones Are Crying Out!

What a mob scene it must have been that day when Jesus entered Jerusalem to the cries of “Hosanna” and “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”   It was a disturbing scene to the Pharisees. They...

No Throwing Stones!

Lenten penance nears its end and Easter joy is in sight, I find that two of my predominant emotions are anger and bewilderment. I am not very happy with the state of the world today.   Among the things I am most...

As We Forgive!

When in the world did asking for or offering forgiveness become a sign of weakness? Today the country has a leading presidential candidate who wears as a badge of honor the fact that he has never asked God for forgiveness. The country...

Kind and Merciful

Whether nor not you are a history buff, it is important for you to know that this week celebrates the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of Verdun. This battle between the advancing German army and the French...

Change of Heart?

My thoughts this week have been dominated by two powerful media events. The first event is the death of a justice of the US Supreme Court and the raging divisions the death highlighted. The second is the progress of the...

An Acceptable Time!

It seems like every time I answer the phone I get the quick query, "Is this a good time?" I have even heard the sentence (actually more than once), "I just called to set a time for a phone conversation."...

Here I am! Send Me!

As I was reading the results of the Iowa caucuses—the first real step in the seemingly eternal quest to become President of the United States—I remembered that I once flirted with the idea of running for public office. I thought...

The Prophetic Voice

You just have to admire Chicken Little. Even in a fable, it takes great courage for a little chick to inform the entire poultry community that the sky is falling. The major flaw in his prophetic message was, to be...

Glad Tidings?

The other morning I was standing in the kitchen listening to the headlines on the early morning news. In a matter of just a few minutes, I was informed of two assaults, a police officer wounded in a random shooting, a...