22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Humility

Today’s readings call us to consider the topic of humility.  Humility is a virtue that most of us struggle with.  Its opposite, pride, is the fundamental flaw of all human beings.  Consider the first sin of Adam and Eve.  The serpent appealed to their pride.  They ate the apple, not because they were hungry, but … [Read more…]

21st Sunday: Embracing Our Christianity

“Oh, poor us, poor us,” they moaned. “This is all so hard,” they complained. “Our parents and grandparents were so excited by this new faith, this Christianity, but we are not all that excited. We put up with it though, just in case it is right. But it is such a struggle to be Christians. … [Read more…]

A Sex-Abuse Story Catholics Need to Hear

COMMENTARY: Healing the crippling wounds abused people suffer. By Sue Ellen Browder, August 16, 2019 I met my beloved husband, Walter, in 1966 at the University of Missouri, where he was studying to be a chemical engineer and I was enrolled in the School of Journalism, hoping to earn a living as a magazine writer. … [Read more…]

20th Sunday: The Cost of Discipleship

Today’s readings are difficult, very difficult.  They are difficult because they present the cost of discipleship.  We begin with the plight of Jeremiah who was persecuted because he proclaimed the Truth of God.  Horrible things happened to Jeremiah.  But he would not deny God and His message. It was the cost of discipleship. The Second … [Read more…]

THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

Although it is not mentioned in scripture, the Assumption of Mary has been a solidly held belief of our faith since apostolic times. It has been celebrated liturgically since the 6th century AD. The Assumption of Mary was declared a dogma (a divinely revealed truth) of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius XII in 1950 … [Read more…]

Man wakes up after 12 years in ‘vegetative state’: reveals, ‘I was aware of everything’

Martin Pistorius hates Barney. And it’s no wonder why. For 12 years, while he was in a coma that doctors described as a “vegetative state,” nurses, thinking that he couldn’t see or hear anything, played endless re-runs of Barney as he sat, strapped into his wheel chair.  But Martin wasn’t the “vegetable” that doctors said … [Read more…]

What is the Transfiguration?

A mountaintop encounter with Jesus and his apostles holds valuable lessons for all followers of Christ. All three synoptic gospels tell the story of the transfiguration of Jesus. The transfiguration is a highly symbolic story. Jesus took his inner circle of apostles -Peter, James, and John – up a mountain, which in the Bible is a … [Read more…]