The Arrogance of Pedestrians: How We Abuse Our Authority

crosswalkIn the past couple of weeks I have been overly annoyed by pedestrians. In a variety of specific incidences, a slow moving, carefree, pedestrian has delayed my ability, along with many other cars, to make a turn. My annoyance has been mainly in areas where there is not a turn arrow and lights tend to be short. In the absences of a pedestrian, six cars can make a left turn from Florida onto University. In one recent incident, only two cars made the turn; I was in the third car. My road rage rant went something like this:

“Yes, you have the right of way, but please don’t be an oblivious jerk. The world is bigger than you and your need to cross the street. Wake up and pay attention to the world around you. If you understood the needs of others and were a little more intentional in your trek, you would not abuse your lawful authority. You would clean up your lazy dawdling and march across the street with some urgency so as not to cause others any inconvenience.”

Yes, I have a little energy in this area, but it is not limited to crosswalks. Recently I was at a youth retreat and there was Continue reading

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures (Homily for the 13th Week of OT)

fedexWhile it is true that the decisions that we make when we are desperate are not usually our best, they are, if nothing else, honest.

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It’s Time to Adjust the Sails: How Christians Should Approach Living in a Gay Marriage World

 

20120424-queso-cheez-whizAs Christians we must approach the recent Supreme Court decision as realists. Author and columnist William Arthur Ward once wrote: “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” Brothers and sisters, it is time to adjust the sails.

Some time ago Kraft removed real cheese from Cheez Whiz. The public didn’t notice; probably because nobody thought it was really cheese in the first place. If you want real cheese, you don’t buy the Whiz, you buy the real thing.

Last Friday, the Supreme Court removed real cheese out of civil marriage, i.e., they decided to change the definition of civil marriage in the United States making all states in the union accept marriage between persons of the same sex. Much can be said about this political and judicial malpractice. I think the four dissenting justices have done a good job of expanding on that topic (go here).

Marriage is pre-religious; it’s almost pre-society, yet in a way, marriage is the first natural society. From natural law we can understand the complimentarity of man and woman and the natural result of their coming together. Looking at the needs of offspring and the interdependence of a family unit, we come to understand the definition of this natural institution, i.e., an exclusive, long lasting, coupling of one Continue reading

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The Frog is Dead: 4 Things a Christian Should do in the Midst of the “Caitlyn Caper”

JennerIn her renowned lecture “Contraception Why Not?,” Dr. Janet Smith uses the analogy of a frog and boiling water. If you were to throw a frog into a pot of bowling water, it would reflexively jump right out, but if you were to put the frog into a pot of room temperature water and slowly turn up the heat, the frog would happily boil to death. She used this analogy in reference to our society and our gradual acceptance of immoral behaviors. Little by little the temperature has changed. Now we seem to be happily boiling to death in a society void of morality.

With the recent events related to Bruce Jenner and his so-called transformation into a “woman” and the subsequent acceptance and praise, I think it is safe to say that the frog is dead. Imagine if, back in 1976, while looking at Bruce Jenner’s Wheaties box, you predicted that he would become a respected and beloved transvestite in 38 years. The frog would jump out of the pot and smack you.

St. Anthony of the Desert has a famous quote that I am sure has proved true in every era, and serves as a fitting prophesy for our time: “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying, ‘You are mad, you are not like us.’”

I do not think that Bruce Jenner is a hero or courageous or in any way commendable. Because of this many will call me “mad.” Most likely “mad” will be the nicest thing said. More likely I will be dismissed as a Continue reading

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Dear Old Dad (Homily for Father’s Day)

In our lives we have three fathers that we are in relationship with: God the Father, our priest, and out dad.

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Humble Beginnings and Sure Ends (Homily for the 11th Sunday in OT)

WebThe Church is not flashy and trendy. It is modest, yet bold, in the midst of changing trends it abides. It more like the silk from a silkworm than the web from a spider.

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