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Our Inside-Out God

by Tom Andel

Some people believe faith is a plot to control minds—to keep people in darkness. Some say it’s an earthbound plot, but the author of a book paradoxically titled …and the truth shall set you free attributes that plot to “multidimensional beings.” He even believes the light from the star of Bethlehem was the space ship […]

How Henry Grows Hope

by Tom Andel

Henry Isaac is a seventh grader in Santa Ana, El Salvador. My family sponsors him via Unbound, an international nonprofit that bridges cultural gaps between people around the world. The goal is to help “challenge poverty in new and innovative ways.” But amidst a pandemic that knows no class, Henry’s latest update to us about […]

The Gifts Our World Took from That Stable

by Tom Andel

Isaiah prophesied about the gifts the Magi would bring into Jerusalem, but the world took a greater gift away from the site those men visited. The tiny seeds of grace planted in the hearts of those gift-bearing visitors grew into a global ministry. Isaiah continues: The wealth of nations shall be brought to you; … […]

The Gambles of a Holy Family

by Tom Andel

Life—like starting a family—is a series of gambles. What if a loved one leaves this life, for example? Could I afford the pain? Love is the currency of such a gamble, just as wealth is at stake in any high-roller’s bets. For that level of gambling there’s no better bettor than Frank Sinatra—via song—to explain […]

The Supporting Role in your Life Story

by Tom Andel

Christmas is a time for bringing back memories. Maybe that’s why companies that digitize old family movies are so busy toward the end of the year. Home movies give families moments of holiday respite from the worries of the previous 11 months, letting members relive the happiest times of their history together. Watching these highlights […]

Curating Art from the World’s Ugliness

by Tom Andel

“Curate every aspect of your life, as much as you can. It’s in the things that deeply inspire us that we find ourselves. Surround yourself with truth, and you’ll have built yourself a heaven.” The source of this pithy quote is unknown—which means it’s a meme (something imitated or copied). Makes sense, since that’s what […]

We don’t deserve what we have coming; but we can try.

by Tom Andel

There’s a pivotal scene in the Clint Eastwood Western, “Unforgiven,” where two hired guns talk about the killing they just pulled off. One of them, a newbie, feels pangs of guilt and contrition. Then he tries to justify what the two of them just did, telling his grizzled partner, “I guess they had it comin’.” […]

Our Waiting Room isn’t Solitary Confinement

by Tom Andel

As we enter the season of waiting—otherwise known as Advent—it might be helpful to think of those for whom waiting is an intolerable way of life. These are people longing for what our faith tells them should be a constant spiritual presence. Yet, they can’t reach out and touch it with THEIR faith. The result […]

Evil Depends on Doing Nothing

by Tom Andel

If you ever need proof that our sins of omission are as bad as or worse than any sins we commit, look no further than humanity’s reaction to Nazi Germany. History has judged those who let the Holocaust happen as no better than those who ignited it.   One of the best descriptions of such […]

Finding Faith that’s Buried Deep

by Tom Andel

If our lives are investments God makes to maximize the profit we return, we have to believe the wisdom reflected in the Book of Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, supporting the old maxim, “there’s strength in numbers.” Two are better than one: They get a good wage for their toil. If the one falls, the other will help […]