Movie Review Extra: “Living”

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this review, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Mass-Blog-Movie-Review-Living-2023.mp3) The movie “Living” is the story of a dying man who’s born again—but not in the Christian sense. However, his story has many of the elements of Christ’s parables: a person in need of redemption, a reminder of his mortality, and a promise of new […]

The Light that Fills the Heart’s Vacuum

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Mass-Blog-for-the-5th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-Time-2023.mp3) Aristotle taught that nature abhors a vacuum—that every space in nature needs to be filled with something.  Like light, maybe? Well, way before Aristotle’s time, humans showed an amazing knack for finding this world’s emptiest spaces and basking in their darkness. We’ve demonstrated that humanity’s […]

Movie Review Extra: Finding a Lost Message in “Missing”

by Tom Andel

“Missing” is a story about the virtues and vices associated with information technology. It focuses on a mother and daughter who together participate in IT’s enslavements of them both. The mother uses IT to control her daughter and the daughter uses it to try escaping her mother’s enslavement—looking for cheap ways out like drugs and […]

Exposing Evil’s Banality

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Mass-Blog-for-the-4th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-Time-2023mp3.mp3) Some scriptures and psalms are addressed to victims.  A couple of those psalms, like the ones selected for this Sunday’s Mass (Ps 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10) tell us God seeks justice for the oppressed but thwarts the way of the wicked. Then, through the Corinthians, Paul […]

BIC Movie Review: How I Would Remake M3ghan

by Tom Andel

Tonight I took my family to see M3ghan, a new sci-fi/horror movie. It’s really a modern take on the Frankenstein story. A female toy engineer conceptualizes and engineers a doll programmed with artificial intelligence that eventually evolves into self-awareness. The doll’s link to the web gives it access to a wealth of knowledge but a […]

I AM at this World’s Curtain Call

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Mass-Blog-for-the-3rd-Sunday-in-Ordinary-Time-2023.mp3) Our parish’s “Deacon Lou” started a recent homily with an inspiring quote: “What we are is God’s gift to us; what we become is our gift to God.”  If you google that quote, you’ll find it’s been credited to a few sources—one of them rather […]

A World beyond Death’s Horizon

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Mass-Blog-for-the-2nd-Sunday-in-Ordinary-Time-2023.mp3) In this Sunday’s gospel reading from John (Jn 1:29-34), he quotes John the Baptist telling of a divine calling to testify to the presence among us of a savior he didn’t know. The Baptist says twice that he didn’t know this entity when called, but […]

Celebrating the Epiphany with Dick Van Dyke

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Mass-Blog-for-the-Epiphany-2023.mp3) For the world’s most powerful governments, Jesus raised their estimation of Bethlehem and Nazareth from little nothings to great threats. The threat came from many of the citizens of those nothing towns, whom Jesus freed from human laws so they could promote God’s. Chief among […]

A Cancer We Can Cure

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Mass-Blog-for-the-Octave-of-Christmas-2023.mp3) Silent Night is one of our most beautiful Christmas songs. It’s as solemn as the solemnity we ascribe to its heroin, Mary—the mother of God.  But if we stay silent about the events of that night, such silence like a cancer grows, as Paul Simon […]

Give Yourself for Christmas

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Mass-Blog-for-Christmas-2022.mp3) Christmas gives each of us the opportunity to give others the greatest Christmas gift of all: the witness of Christ’s birth in our hearts. According to a recent documentary about the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, subtitled “No Greater Love,” that revelation gave this […]