WHEN A FRIEND CROSSES THE BAR . . . A Jesuit funeral sermon, February, 2000

Pat preached. He had two points to make, he said, “before I get to Peter.” Peter was the deceased, his friend of 49 ½ years, since the two of them entered the Jesuits. Pat’s two points were that he stood on “holy ground” there in the retirement center for Jesuits of eight upper Midwestern states … Continue reading WHEN A FRIEND CROSSES THE BAR . . . A Jesuit funeral sermon, February, 2000

Handshaking time at holy mass, quick thinking under fire

Aggressively sought today by a fellow worshiper two pews ahead of me for what was sure to be an aggressive handclasp, I held back. It didn’t matter. My fellow worshiper was not to be denied. I knew I had to act and act fast, or all was lost. Come up with something or be crushed … Continue reading Handshaking time at holy mass, quick thinking under fire

Hot title here from Fr. Rutler: Meditations from a man on whom his erudition hangs lightly . . .

Sample bon mot from chapter about what to do with your imagination. Narcissus [a] moral idiot. He became enamored of his reflection in the water. He wanted to discover, in the jargon of our day, his “inner child.” But anyone who wants to find his inner child without locating the source of life in God is … Continue reading Hot title here from Fr. Rutler: Meditations from a man on whom his erudition hangs lightly . . .

Pope at Angelus: May our whole life be a “yes” to God – Vatican News

Says Pope Francis today: “Openness to God is found in the openness to take on the needs of one’s neighbor”. The wise Francis here. Now if he would do away with his inveterate ambiguity in matters of doctrine. You don’t have to trash the brand to urge its application.

Decline & fall of a sermon-time doze

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
I was neither flummoxed nor gobsmacked when the preacher tossed off a reference to “Captain Grimes in Decline and Fall” this morning.  I was, however, wakened from that pious semi-slumber that too often attends sermonizing. Of the Roman empire? I wondered, distracted from my fascination with the family of mother,…

Eat pork or die, the king said. Mother of seven had a response.

Tomorrow’s first reading, from Second Maccabees 7: 22 She said to them: I know not how you were formed in my womb: for I neither gave you breath, nor soul, nor life, neither did I frame the limbs of every one of you. 23 But the Creator of the world, that formed the nativity of man, and … Continue reading Eat pork or die, the king said. Mother of seven had a response.

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