by Walt Schaefer There’s a knack to turning the complexities of academic thought and making the intricacies of Church teaching understandable to the population in the pews. Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk had it. His 15 books, his homilies, even his work post Vatican II translating the Latin Scriptures into English,
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 By Terrance Callan Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: Isaiah 66:18-21; Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30 One way to create a large, diverse group is to include in it everyone who wants to be included. However, a sizable, diverse group can also arise when the requirements for
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 By Terrance Callan Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Wisdom 18:6-9; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19; Luke 12:32-48 We often alternate between excessive trust and excessive skepticism concerning predictions of the future. Sometimes we give weather forecasts, economic predictions and other attempts to describe the future too much credit;
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 By Terrance Callan Trinity Sunday: Proverbs 8:22-31; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 This Sunday we celebrate our belief that God is three persons in one God. Each of the readings views the relationship among the three persons from a different angle. The reading from the Book of
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 By Terrance Callan Sixth Sunday of Easter; Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Revelations 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29 It is painful to be separated from those we love. This is especially true when we are separated by death, but also when distance, disagreement or distraction separate us. Although Jesus
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 By Terrance Callan Fifth Sunday of Easter: Acts 14:21-27; Rev 21:1-5; John 13:31-33, 34-35 It is often necessary to endure difficulties in order to reach some goal. We need to practice if we want to master physical and mental skills. We must work patiently to grow
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 By Terrance Callan Second Sunday of Lent: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 9:28-36 We are often misled by the things we hear and see. When we observe someone’s behavior, we may completely misunderstand the motive for it. Full understanding requires more than simply watching someone.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 By Terrance Callan First Sunday of Lent: Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13 This is the first Sunday of Lent, a 40-day period of preparation to celebrate Easter. Lent can be seen as a retreat undertaken by the entire church to deepen our faith before our