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Prep for the Light at Our Tunnel’s End

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Mass-Blog-for-the-26th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-time-2021.mp3) Once you reach the autumn of life, a certain medical procedure is recommended to stave off a certain kind of cancer. The procedure’s name ends in “scopy,” because it sends a scope in where the sun rarely shines. Nobody looks forward to this procedure with […]

Deliver Us from Evil—Especially Our Own

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Mass-Blog-for-the-25th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-time-2021.mp3) It’s kind of refreshing to read in the Bible about wicked people who know they’re wicked. The Book of Wisdom describes them in this Sunday’s first reading(Wis 2:12, 17-20): The wicked say: Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he […]

Our Olympic Struggle to Stay Oriented

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Mass-Blog-for-the-24th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-time-2021.mp3) Human beings were conceived in greatness. We aren’t born to BE great, but to do great things for others. We are born with that mission and a kit of talents to accomplish it. But we can get in trouble in one of two ways: believing […]

Can You Handle the Truth?

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Mass-Blog-for-the-23rd-Sunday-in-Ordinary-time-2021.mp3) A recent ad for a hearing aid company cites a study stating that in marriages where a spouse has hearing loss, both people suffer. Problems arise when the one who CAN hear becomes unsure of whether their spouse actually can’t hear them or whether they […]

Don’t Just SAY Grace; Show It.

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Mass-Blog-for-the-22nd-Sunday-in-Ordinary-time-2021.mp3) One of the un-mourned casualties of the Covid Pandemic has been civility. Managers of casual dine-in restaurants strapped by staffing challenges can testify to that. They’ve seen impatient customers throw fits when they have to wait long periods either for a table or for their […]

A Sublime Confinement

by Tom Andel

 (For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Mass-Blog-for-the-21st-Sunday-in-Ordinary-time-2021.mp3) The dictators of this world like to call religion a dictatorship—and then deprive people of the freedom to subject themselves to it. In China especially, people who choose Christ as their leader are committed to “transformation facilities” until they renounce their faith. According to a […]

Driving Satan Crazy is a Full-Time Job

by Tom Andel

 (For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Mass-Blog-for-the-Solemnity-of-theAssumption-2021.mp3) What do Mary’s Assumption and the Book of Job have in common? Satan’s jealousy. The Evil One’s jealousy of innocence is apparent in both accounts. The Book of Job has been described as “an exquisite dramatic treatment of the problem of the suffering of the […]

Eat-to-live food for a live-to-eat world

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Mass-Blog-for-the-19th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-time-2021.mp3) In Biblical times, a pandemic would cause famine and many would starve to death for lack of sustenance. The 21st century pandemic we’re living through has caused many in the developed world to GAIN weight because food became more of a boredom-driven vice than a […]

Feast on the Peace of God’s Mind

by Tom Andel

(To hear the audio version of this post, please visit http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Mass-Blog-for-the-18th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-time-2021.mp3) When you’re in solitary confinement, sustenance is scarce whether your prison is a 10 x 10 cell or a vast expanse of desert. Or a crowded city block, for that matter. In all cases, the solution is to BE sustenance. Our Jewish brothers and […]

Overhear Your Own Prayer

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Mass-Blog-for-the-17th-Sunday-in-Ordinary-time-2021.mp3) A little movie with a limited release had a big impact on me recently. Shepherd: The story of a Jewish Dog, tells the story of Kaleb, a beloved German shepherd taken from his Jewish family as they were rounded up, separated from each other and imprisoned […]