Posts from April 2020

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Some Claiming Spirituality are Just Haunted

by Tom Andel

On a recent late-night radio talk show, the topic was religion. An author who was interviewed stated: “I’m more spiritual than religious.” A memory switch in my brain clicked on. It seemed to me that I heard the same sentiment attributed to a famous historical figure.   A google search told me that person is […]

This Pandemic Brings Out the Best in Us

by Tom Andel

Amidst all the horrors this pandemic has wrought is the blessing of people doing the saving work of Christ. Jesus told us this is how he would remain with us while he was entering his glory.  Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will […]

Trust the Director of Your Passion Play

by Tom Andel

William Shakespeare’s play, As You Like It, includes the famous line, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” It’s part of a soliloquy dividing a human life into seven stages: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon and old age—concluding with death. No afterlife in this Shakespearian world. It’s funny, though, that’s Shakespeare’s inspiration […]

Fulfillment from an Empty Tomb

by Tom Andel

When Christ was looking for disciples to spread his light, the ones he chose weren’t the brightest bulbs. He often told them things three times and they still didn’t understand. The most important thing he taught was that he had to die a horrible death and then rise from the dead. Yet, as John tells […]

Feed the fear that there IS a God

by Tom Andel

If Palm Sunday were only known as Passion Sunday, newcomers to Christianity might be confused as to whom that passion applies. The readings for this Sunday’s mass are filled with passion—mostly fear—on all sides. By this point in our Lenten journey, the people Jesus touched are passionate about his promise of salvation from earthly oppression. […]