Posts from September 2022

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Saving Grace from Our Rot

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Mass-Blog-for-the-28th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-Time-2022.mp3) A preacher recently encouraged his congregation to adopt a spirit of service. How do you do that? Easy. Discernment. Through discernment, he explained, the Holy Spirit draws us into service on behalf of others. It begins with prayer to help us recognize situations offering us […]

Maintain your faith. It’s standard equipment.

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Mass-Blog-for-the-27th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-Time-2022.mp3) Power steering is one of the automotive industry’s greatest contributions to global productivity. It made it easier for us beasts of burden to not only carry this world’s heavy loads, but to maneuver them around its obstacles. This feature is now standard on most vehicles […]

Our Greed for Innocence

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Mass-Blog-for-the-26th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-Time-2022.mp3) Movie and TV courtroom dramas involving premeditated murder usually climax with a prosecutor summarizing the defendant’s guilt. It highlights the means, motive and opportunity the suspect had to kill the victim. This Sunday’s Mass readings put humanity on trial, and we can almost hear God […]

Godfather: A New Beginning

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Mass-Blog-for-the-25th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-Time-2022.mp3) Humanity’s worst vice has always been envy of God’s power. That desire not only never ends well, it never ends. That’s the moral of the cinema’s classic Godfather saga. Michael Corleone—heir to his father’s crime kingdom—starts out as a reluctant heir to his father’s power […]

The Power of a Shouldered Sheep

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Mass-Blog-for-the-24th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-Time-2022.mp3) The Christian model of a good shepherd doesn’t make much sense to the casual reader. In this Sunday’s gospel reading (Lk 15:1-32), Jesus asks, “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert […]