Posts from November 2012

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The Way to Truth is Our Life

by Tom Andel

All Christians can agree on this definition of God: “God is love.” That’s an easy one. But there is something else God is that human beings have trouble wrapping their heads around. Jesus told us who God is by introducing Himself:  “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to […]

Fear of Man Dooms; Fear of God Saves.

by Tom Andel

Today’s readings remind us of the scary times in which we live. I’m not just talking about today’s scripture readings, but also the readings from today’s newspapers. Palestinian rockets are bombarding Tel Aviv and Jerusalem while Israel is readying for a ground attack into Gaza.  And of course Iran is always an undercurrent in the […]

We Must Give Everything to Gain Everything

by Tom Andel

 Last month we read the gospel passage about the rich man who justified himself before Jesus, hoping to hear that he was now ready for salvation.  “You lack one thing,” Jesus told him. “Go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”  He slunk away, seemingly […]

Life’s Instruction Manual is a Quick but Mighty Read

by Tom Andel

My wife and I attended Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel today for the baptism of our grandniece, Angelina. The readings couldn’t have been more appropriate. They are the instructions to lead a blessed life. The first reading from Deuteronomy couldn’t put it any simpler: “You must love the Lord your God with all […]