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Rising Above Our Best-Laid Plans

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Mass-Blog-for-the-1st-Sunday-in-Advent-2022.mp3) We enter the season of Advent with many plans for the holidays and many hopes for peaceful get-togethers with relatives we love and those we tolerate. But to paraphrase Scottish Poet Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse, “The best laid plans of mice and men […]

The Freedom of Being Cornered

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Mass-Blog-for-Pentecost-Sunday-2022.mp3) After their Master’s horrific death, Jesus’s disciples might have thought that a monastic lifestyle of isolated prayer was the way to go for inspiration. But a ministry built on fear is faithless, and as John’s gospel indicates this Pentecost Sunday (Jn 20:19-23), the disciples were […]

God Rises from Our Tomb of Ignorance

by Tom Andel

(For the audio version of this blog, please visit: http://brothersinchristcmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Mass-Blog-for-Easter-Sunday-2022.mp3) Jesus told his disciples at least THREE times while he was with them of his impending execution—and why it MUST happen. NONE of those times did they understand what he was saying. These were plain-spoken guys who weren’t always good at interpreting their master’s parables. […]

Muscular Prayers from Skeleton Crews

by Tom Andel

When I was growing up, my grandparents’ house in North Royalton, Ohio seemed immense—especially for the few souls living there. And, indeed, it was a large house situated on the 12 acres of land it shared with an apple tree orchard, a picnic area and a well-stocked pond. But without the grounding spirit of love […]

A Mother’s Good Looks

by Tom Andel

On Mother’s Day, Moms finally get to enjoy some of the fruits of their labor. The children bearing that fruit do so as a result of the combined love and discipline Mom taught them—many times, with just a look. Those looks are not only good, they’re scriptural. Think how many times Our Mother Mary showed […]