Posts from September 2018

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From Amber Alert to Golden Opportunity

by Tom Andel

If you’ve ever received an AMBER alert on your smart phone (from America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response network), the missing person it was about probably wasn’t anyone you knew—that you know of. That’s true with most people, which means the message is quickly deleted and sometimes even cursed at as a waste of time. Like […]

Be cool in the end zone.

by Tom Andel

Some of history’s greatest pro football coaches were credited for promoting this philosophy: “When you get into the end zone, act like you’ve been there before.” In non-philosophical terms, spiking a football and dancing in the end zone is just not cool. Coolness is grace, in football and in life. In all situations, be the […]

“Put up or shut up!”

by Tom Andel

Gamblers have made that phrase as popular as “Put your money where your mouth is.” It’s biblical too, and the theme of this Sunday’s liturgy. Christ’s disciple James uses a far more poetic version in the second reading (Jas 2:14-18): “… faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” He goes on: […]

Resurrecting faith from bitter soil

by Tom Andel

People with and without faith see shame as a Catholic thing. They say it’s an instrument church authorities use to control the faithful. Tragically, our church’s sex scandals have earned several of those authorities a place of dishonor in the Catholic Shame Hall of Fame. Pope Francis wrote an open letter to the faithful expressing […]