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Write Your Ticket to the Wholly Family Reunion

by Tom Andel

This Sunday is dedicated to the Holy Family. This feast sets a high bar for us to become what we are all called to be: wholly family. Each of our readings reminds us that being a family member is God’s highest calling for us. It holds the formula for peace on earth. Ultimately, world peace […]

Give God What He Wants for Christmas

by Tom Andel

There’s a moment in this Sunday’s first reading (2 SM 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16) where King David is sitting in his palace, feeling happy that his enemies are under control and that he’s in a pretty good place in life. Then the guilts strike. “Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the […]

Spiritual Clothing Wears Well

by Tom Andel

One of the trendy questions asked of female celebrities arriving at awards ceremonies is “Who are you wearing?” This is a fancy way of asking, “Who fashioned your gown?” It’s kind of an ego deflator, considering the questioner seems more interested in a person they probably never met. Put another way, the creative spirit of […]

Called Out of Our Wilderness

by Tom Andel

Food manufacturers analyze their products before releasing them to the public, identifying any impurities that don’t belong. That’s what the end of the world will be like—except with us it’s our purities that will get all the attention. God will put the earth he created through a pressure test and all the pure elements, those […]

Don’t be Taken by Surprise; Be Ready to be Taken.

by Tom Andel

Advent already? We shouldn’t be surprised. The retailers have been reminding us that Xmas is coming since Halloween. But the season of Advent asks if we’re ready for Christ. That’s what this Sunday’s readings remind us. They do that by making us look at humanity’s journey toward Christ, starting in the days of Isaiah. This […]

The Sheep will outrun the Sleek

by Tom Andel

The ISIS terrorists are determined to ride the pale horse of the apocalypse to its finish line—and to trample as many “infidels” as they can along the way. They intend to cross that line as victors, delivering eternal death without succumbing to it themselves. But the “crusaders,” as those infidels are called, are riding under […]

Smile, you’re on Candid Camera

by Tom Andel

“Captain gets 36 years for deserting ship.” That headline in this week’s news stream defined the life of one man in a single snapshot. Snapshots are how human beings judge each other. This captain of a South Korean ferry was given a heavy sentence for not only deserting his ship, but its passengers as well—leaving […]

Hell’s Tenants Watch Judge Judy 24/7

by Tom Andel

If you’ve ever channel surfed in the afternoon, chances are you found an episode of Judge Judy. Chances are also good that the case you landed on involved a landlord vs. a tenant from hell. These cases usually have a common theme: Tenant signs lease, moves in, then gradually breaks every promise made on that […]

Celebrate the Extraordinarily Ordinary

by Tom Andel

Something bittersweet happens amidst the blood and guts that fill the nightly local news reports about murder and accident victims. Eulogies. These are stories of ordinary people who never made headlines before, but in their sudden exit from this life we discover how many lives they touched—and touched deeply. Hearing and reading their stories in […]

Empathy, the Spiritual Super Power

by Tom Andel

Many 4- and 5-year-old girls were captivated by the movie “Frozen.” It’s the story of a girl whose newly discovered power to create ice and snow nearly kills her little sister, causing the big sister to isolate herself from the rest of the world. One of my co-workers has a four-year-old daughter who was traumatized […]