Posts from March 2017

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Back from the dead—again and again.

by Tom Andel

When people come back from the dead on TV horror shows or in the movies, the results aren’t pretty. It’s usually the result of a curse laced with hatred. The following line of dialog alone is enough to send shivers up and down our spines: “I will open your graves and have you rise from […]

Curing our hysterically blind world

by Tom Andel

“Hysterical blindness” is a clinical term describing someone with no physiological reason for their loss of vision. It may be antique and politically incorrect terminology, but it aptly describes our modern world—as well as some of the people in this Sunday’s Old and New Testament mass readings. These people exemplify modern humanity’s chronic spiritual malady: […]

Take my church. Please!

by Tom Andel

  Marriage is the gift that keeps on giving—for comedians. Gag writers have drawn from this bottomless well of material since well before Henny Youngman said, “Take my wife. Please!” Even old married couples who’ve been together for half a century or more can have a little fun at their own expense when someone marvels,“Wow, […]

Giving up goodness for Lent

by Tom Andel

Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly recently recounted asking a little kid celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans what he was giving up for Lent. The child said “nothing.” Instead, the kid added, he plans to do one act of random kindness for each of the 40 days of Lent before Easter Sunday. O’Reilly concluded his […]

Cheat the Devil of his due

by Tom Andel

On this first Sunday of Lent, St. Paul summarizes the reason for the season (Rom 5:12-19) : For if, by the transgression of the one, death came to reign through that one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of justification come to reign in life through […]