Archive for January 2011

The Beatitudes With Attitude

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be... Read more »

Let There Be Light

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw how good the light was. God then separated the light from the... Read more »

The Rite - The Book or the Movie?

I recently read Matt Baglio’s The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist.  Okay, I admit to being a little weird, but that’s besides the point.   My fascination with evil started when I read “The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty years ago.  That book was based on the book “Possessed:  The True Story of... Read more »

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose. Beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side With... Read more »

Yesterday, Today and Forever

From today’s first reading, Hebrews 13:1-8 (New American Bible): Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels. Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment, and of the ill-treated as of yourselves, for you also are in the body. Let marriage be honored among all and... Read more »

Jesus' Instructions

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick -no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said... Read more »

Solemn Novena of St. Jude

Today starts the Solemn Novena of St. Jude through February 20.  Novenas have a rich history in the Catholic church.  A novena is a prayer petition said over a course of time.  The following is from the National Shrine of St. Jude’s website: The Gospel tells us that St. Jude was a brother of St.... Read more »

The C-Word

I used to be a news hound.  I watched news show after news show until my eyes were bleary.  Slowly I got away from it and now I only watch a bit of the local news just to make sure Chicago is okay.  I read the newspaper online and in print.  I get emails from... Read more »

Super Bowl Sunday? Ronald Reagan's Birthday? ... Not Really

I know that today is Ronald Reagan’s birthday and that’s it’s Super Bowl Sunday (GO STEELERS!), but what really matters today is it’s the birthday of someone very special to me.  Number 1 son was born 27 years ago today.  He weighed 9 lbs and 4 oz.  Thanks to him, his brother and sister have... Read more »

F-Bombs & Other Curse Words

It seems like you can’t turn on the TV these days without hearing the f-bomb and other assorted curse words.  Don’t people know how to talk anymore?  I am not an innocent in this matter.  I’ve been known to swear on occasion, mostly when I’m by myself.  I’ll drop and break something, hit my crazy... Read more »