Advent, 1st Sunday. Over Thanksgiving my brother thought he had plenty of time to pack, then he wasn’t ready in time. Jesus warns us in today’s Gospel that we need to stay ready for His coming: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” What if the so-called “Mayan Prophecy” is true and the world really does end on December 21, 2012? You have 19 days left. Or, what if your death comes even sooner? What do you need to change to be ready for Christ? Do you need to forgive someone, or make a good Confession? Christ is coming soon; start packing. (2 Dec 2012)
The awesome power of nature should make us tremble. The photographs of Hurricane Sandy’s recent visit to the United States remind us of that power: rivers running through city streets, homes destroyed, buildings torn apart, and beaches moved about.
I firmly believe that there are only two ways to see a hurricane, just as [...]
The small road had been leading steadily upwards, switching back and forth to even out the ascent, which made the walk easier but much longer. The scrubby trees and underbrush kept me from cutting off any of the switchbacks. The whole morning I could see nothing but road and small trees: fog cut me off [...]
A blog post recently started me thinking (always something dangerous!). I was thinking that Catholic thought on the body and soul can be applied to the whole spectrum of monsters we see in popular culture.
By way of introduction, Catholic thought sees the human being as a creature composed of the union of a [...]
My brother pointed out that the oil spill should keep us humble, and remind us how limited our capabilities really are. In this sense, the disaster is a natural consequence of pushing too far. It is exactly the same to say that the oil spill is God’s wrath for our arrogance, and His warning [...]
Hollywood is churning out more and more films that destroy the world. The classic nuclear holocaust and radioactive winter has lost popularity recently, but climate change might cause floods of biblical proportions or a new ice age. Gigantic meteors could pulverize the earth. When the possibility of natural disasters [...]
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