Posts from January 2020

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Celebrate a New Tradition: Banish Fear!

by Tom Andel

This Sunday’s Feast of the Presentation of the Lord recalls several Jewish traditions by which a child was officially inducted into his faith. The Presentation ceremony incorporates purification rituals and the ceremonial redemption of the firstborn. As a Christian with limited exposure to those traditions, when I look at the readings for this Feast, I […]

Hate: Our Most Cunning Addiction

by Tom Andel

Taking sides against one another has always been one of humanity’s greatest vices–but not as great as our weakness for turning that vice into virtue. This idea that my side is better than your side has been the cause of most wars throughout human history. This Sunday’s readings remind us that such wars can even […]

Share Some Tea and Prophesy

by Tom Andel

The readings for the second Sunday in ordinary time can be used to remind us of the continuous power of Christmas spirit. They deliver three accounts of the calling to bring the gift of God’s grace to others. The called are Isaiah, Paul and John the Baptist. Like all of us, each of them knows […]

The Irresistible Force that Moves Immovable Objects

by Tom Andel

I was copied on an e-mail with an article attached, titled Science Confirms: Angels Took the House of Our Lady of Nazareth to Loreto. It tells of a miracle supported by physical evidence and papal recognition. Faithful readers are asked to believe that on May 9th, 1291, the house in which Mary, the mother of […]

Could Herod Have Become a Christian?

by Tom Andel

I took my family to a Christmas concert at Parkside Church, an Evangelical community in Chagrin Falls. It felt like this interfaith gathering was meditating on the Joyful mysteries of the rosary. The songs selected for the program took us through the Christmas journey, from annunciation through Jesus’ boyhood. Nestled right in the middle of […]