Have you ever stared at a crucifix, waiting – almost daring – for Jesus to speak to you through the image? Or recalling the story of Elijah, listening intently in a gentle breeze for the voice of God? Ever been disappointed that you haven’t seen the sun dance or been able to walk on water?
Yeah – me neither… er, wait…
I’m going to go out on a limb...
It’s the beginning of the school year and teachers everywhere are preparing to hear the stock responses that students love to give. Since Jesus is the Good Teacher, He has probably heard similar responses from us, His pupils. I wonder what God thinks when He hears us say things like:
Is this going to be on the test? or Do we have to know this? or When am I going to use this? Teachers...
Earlier this week, the infamous kidnapper, serial rapist, and child murderer, Ariel Castro, was found dead in his jail cell hung by the neck.
A great many people , including friends of mine, have said, “good riddance,” and curses of “may he burn in hell” abound on the web, even sometimes among Catholics. The same was said after Osama bin Laden’s death.
Q: I read the story of the Tower of Babel in the Bible, but I just don’t understand what was wrong with it. Are we sinning by building skyscrapers? Seriously?
Moses, the author of Genesis, recounts the story of Babel in 11:1-9:
The whole world had the same language and the same words. When they were migrating from the east, they came to a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there....
Ya wanna know what irks me? When my Catholic friends, in their social media personas, use language unbefitting of a Catholic.
I’ll leave that there for now. Upon saying that, I instantly have the following flash through my mind:
“Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do...
After leaving parish youth ministry, I started out teaching Church History and Christian Social Doctrine (actually, there was a brief stint as a middle school science teacher; still waiting for a therapy breakthrough on that one). After a couple years, I switched to Sacred Scripture, which is WAY more fun (sorry, medievalists, I prefer early antiquity). Here are a few signs you might also be a...