Posts from November 2015

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Love’s Unblinking Stare-Down with Terror

by Tom Andel

It may seem strange that on the first Sunday of Advent, a season we equate with joy by recalling the first coming of Christ, that our mass readings dwell on the second coming and the terror some may face as a result. These readings remind us there are two ways people will face the end […]

Can You Handle Your Truth?

by Tom Andel

When we read or hear the gospels, it’s easy to picture the scenes in our head—like a motion picture. This Sunday’s readings lend themselves to that exercise, as dramatic as they are. In John’s gospel, for example, we have a tense courtroom confrontation between a prosecutor and the accused. The prosecutor is Pontius Pilate and […]

Immortal Words Enable Eternal Prayer

by Tom Andel

A great philosophical debate started a few centuries ago when someone asked: “If a tree falls in a forest but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Earthbound scientists thought that was an easy one, saying, “The falling of the tree or any other disturbance will produce vibration of the […]

God’s Overwhelming Subtlety

by Tom Andel

Humanity’s faith in God is a miracle. He makes the little that we offer Him go a long way—without being showy about it. His most beautiful miracles in the Bible are displays of subtlety. In the book of Kings (, when Elijah stood on the mountain waiting for a message from God, it did not […]