Posts from August 2012

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The Gospel according to Shania

by Tom Andel

I always liked Shania Twain, although I’ve never been that much of a country music fan. But today’s readings had all the makings of a classic country western tune, and it happened to be one written by Shania Twain: “Dance with the One Who Brought You.” I never heard of this song before today’s mass, […]

Let Wisdom Replace our Surplus of Stupid

by Tom Andel

Today’s readings tell us what our Dads have always told us: “Don’t be stupid!” Only the Book of Wisdom slaps us in the head with a more tender swipe: “Wisdom proclaimed from the heights above the city, ‘Let the simple come this way.’ To the fool she says, ‘Come and eat my bread, drink the wine which I […]

The Holy Spirit Refreshes by E-mail too.

by Tom Andel

We’ve all felt like Elija in today’s first reading. For me this week seemed like that, when all the pettiness and office politics finally got to me and I felt like finding a secluded place and surrendering. “He himself went on into the desert, a day’s journey, and sitting under a furze bush wished he […]

Food is Plentiful. Distribution is our Failing.

by Tom Andel

I was wrong when I wrote last week that we were living in a drought. It’s actually a famine. Truth and character are in short supply in our culture. But that condition is really no different from Moses’ time when the Israelites were grumbling in the desert that Moses got them into this mess and […]