Posts from June 2019

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I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.

by Tom Andel

This Sunday’s Mass readings inspired our Beatley headline. The scriptural theme seems to address people preparing to say goodbye to real life. These people, as they hear God’s calling, soon learn they’re saying hello to that life. The first reading is the Old Testament version of this realization (1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21). Elijah is enlisted […]

Fed by Christ’s Full-Time Distribution Channel

by Tom Andel

John Mullee, the pastor of St. Michael’s parish in Independence, recently told its “Brothers in Christ” men’s fellowship of his formation as a priest. He came to the priesthood relatively late in life, he explained, after years working in industrial consulting. That occupation left his soul feeling empty and hungering for something with more permanence. […]

The Disinheritance of the Stupidly Smart

by Tom Andel

Wisdom and intelligence are two different things. You can be the smartest person in the room, yet still do some pretty stupid stuff. History has proven that over and over again. Add evil to that stupidity and you can create war. The first reading for this Sunday’s Mass is taken from Proverbs (Prv 8:22-31), and […]

Pentecost Conquers Our Pentagrams

by Tom Andel

A recent documentary, “Hail Satan?,” follows a group called the Satanic Temple—which is recognized as a church by the IRS. A film review of it reprinted in The Plain Dealer opened this way: The church members busied themselves with community service projects, such as clearing litter from highway shoulders and beaches, collecting socks for the […]