“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” (Lk 12:34)These words of Jesus shine a light on what it is that a given society values — what it treasures most, what tops its list of things most sought after?
Recently I came across an intriguing quote from the 18th century author, Henri David Thoreau, which touched on a theme prominent in the scriptures.
The years-ago world of sacramentals — as you might remember, these were the scapulars and medals and holy cards and statues you’d find in a Catholic home.
This thread of “Stop, Look and Go” winds through the words and actions of this Feast of Epiphany.
What the teacher had done was prepare him to see. She had given him a way to notice more of what was there.
More than most any other, the feast of Christ the King immerses us in this swirling dilemma of negotiating worlds.
When you hear that someone is “acting out” it usually isn’t heard as a compliment.
There’s an instinct to idealize the saints as entirely different from the rest of us, off in another league at some unattainable level of holiness and favor with God.
Most of us know the image backing the word “scandalize;” i.e., somebody tripping over a stone in the road.
This homily was preached at a recent anniversary Mass for Fr. Joseph Daly, C.M. — a Vincentian priest beloved of many,
I knew a close-knit family of 5 personable children, and as they got older, they would kid their mother about having a favorite.
I remember a heated conversation between a man who was promising something to a woman, and the woman to whom the promise was being made. It ended with her exasperated response, “Those are just words.”