The Farmer Who Lived on a Hill

barn+burningHere is another great story that I encountered, but could’t find a version that I liked, so I re-wrote it.

A farmer lived on a hill near the coast. From his land, the farmer could see the entire village below, but most of his view was the vast sea.

One day, near the end of harvest, the farmer felt an earthquake. He looked down toward the village to see if it had harmed any of the buildings. It brought him relief to find that everything appeared to be normal. As the farmer scanned the coast, he noticed that the water was drawing back from the shoreline and he recalled a story that his grandfather had once told him about an earth quake followed by a great tidal wave that had destroyed the village long ago. A sudden feeling of dread set in as the farmer perceived that no one had any idea of what was about to happen. Continue reading

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One of Us Initiative

One_of_Us_logo_CNA_5_28_14This graphic really caught my attention and reminded me of a post that I wrote earlier this year. (Women’s Rights- When a sapling isn’t a tree). The image evokes the essence of my biggest critique of many women’s rights initiatives, i.e., they throw the most vulnerable women out of the bus.

This new endeavor comes out of Europe and has been collecting signatures since 2012.  The basic goal is to promote the: “unconditional recognition of the inherent and inalienable human dignity as a source of human freedoms and citizen’s rights. As such it should be inviolable and protected by all the public authorities.”

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Introducing My New Homily Podcast

P9venfKOFor a few years now I have been posting an occasional homily on my blog that you can download or listen to from the post.  Now I have a found a way to put my homilies into a podcast format.  I will keep posting my homilies in the blog, but now you will be able to subscribe to them as a podcast. If you use iTunes, here is the link.  If you use a third party podcast app (I use Downcast), then you can use copy this link and paste it into the app.  Additionally I have added a little bit more production value by creating an audio into title for my podcast, it is included on my most recent posts only. I hope you will subscribe and spread the word.

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Entering into Righteous Conflict (Homily for the 23rd Sunday of OT, Year A)

argumentMany times in life we prefer to live on pins and needles rather than enter into conflict.  Yet, the peace we desire often only exists on the other side of conflict.  How should a Christian proceed? Download the homily (right click here), listen to it below, access with any podcast app (copy link), or on the iTunes store here.


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The Parable of the Two Pots

two_potsI recently heard someone talking about the Parable of the Two Pots, which I believe originated in India. I couldn’t find a good version in english, so I decided to write my own:

Once there was a young man who had two water pots that he would carry on his shoulders at either end of a long pole. One pot was newer, solid, and had beautiful flowers painted on it. The other pot was older, its paint had worn off, and it had several cracks through which water would slowly leak out. Each day when the young man would complete his trip to the well, the newer pot would be full of water, while the older pot would be only half-full. The newer pot was very proud of its achievements, but the older pot was ashamed of its Continue reading

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The Gospel Seems Counterintuitive (Homily for 22nd Sunday of OT, Year A)

Water-BottleWhat if the thread on a typical water bottle was reversed? Using the knowledge you have from living in the world, you would not be able to open it. The message of the Gospel is like a reversed thread wooer bottle. We can’t use worldly knowledge in following Jesus. Download the homily (right click here), listen to it below, access with any podcast app (copy link), or on the iTunes store here.




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Ice Bucket Adjustment

iceIt is great when a fundraising idea goes viral and helps advance a worthy cause.  Recently the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been in the spotlight.  As of August 23 over $62.5 Million had been donated to the ALS Association.  ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name.

In recent weeks some Catholic groups have received some criticism for not supporting the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Not because they are opposed to finding a cure for ALS, but because the ALS Association does not follow the ethical standards of the Church when it comes to stem cell research.  Instead of becoming a killjoy in the public sphere, some organizations Continue reading

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Memorable Experiences & Wholeness (Homily for 20th Sunday of OT, Year A)

13largeSometimes we learn valuable lessons when they are tied to memorable experiences.  In Jesus’ encounter with the canaanite woman we see our loving Lord entering into a relationship with a believer and and strengthening her faith.  The whole experience is memorable, teaches a valuable lesson, and bring wholeness to everyone. Listen to it below or right click here to download.

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If it seems like everyone around you is an idiot, you’re probably a jerk

JERK-SIZEDI came across this wonderful article from Aeon Magazine about the essence of jerkitude. It really matches up well with one of my favorite books, “Leadership and Self Deception.”  We have all run into people who are self important and simply putting up with the rest of us.  In his June 2014 article, Eric Schwitzgebel tries to get figure out what makes jerk tick.

Here are a few excerpts, if you like them, I have included a link to the full article at the end:

The jerk culpably fails to appreciate the perspectives of others around him, treating them as tools to be manipulated or idiots to be dealt with rather than as moral and epistemic peers…

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