Posts from March 2012

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No Atheists in Foxholes

by Tom Andel

In today’s gospel Jesus show Himself to be the ideal of bravery and wisdom. Every saint who followed Jesus had that ideal branded into their soul and were willing to lay down their life so Jesus’ teachings may live. His teaching, “Whoever loves his life will lose it, but whoever hates his life in this […]

Hollywood’s Spotlight Causes Cancer of the Conscience

by Tom Andel

In today’s gospel we hear of people who hide from the light and those who are drawn to it: “though the light has come into the world people have preferred darkness to the light because their deeds were evil. And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, to prevent his actions […]

Aspiring to Grasp God’s Folly and Weakness–03-11-2012

by Tom Andel

Today’s first reading had bracketed text. You know when you see brackets in a reading the editors of that missal you’re reading consider the text within them either extraneous or embarrassing to modern audiences. The brackets in today’s case surrounded the text that detailed God’s commandments as related in Exodus. In the one about keeping […]

Basic Training for the Divine–03-04-2012

by Tom Andel

I may come off sounding a bit heretical here, but I have an alternative take on today’s first and gospel readings. The first reading was about God’s test of Abraham. The common teaching is that God wanted to test Abraham’s obedience to him by telling him to sacrifice his son Isaac. I don’t think God […]