Looking for the Clearance Rack

July 30, 2017

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” Matthew 13: 45-46 One thing that has always baffled me about the Gospels is Jesus’ analogies using money or wealth… doesn’t He know us inside and out? Every hair on our head counted and such? We tend to be a…


Do You Even Fast, Bro?

September 7, 2016

“Do you fast?” This is a question I sometimes ask of penitents. The answer is usually, though not always, some variation of “not really.” I usually follow that with another question: “Would you be willing to fast for your penance?” I must admit, I am pleased that the answer is generally “Yes, Father” and that it is often said with some level of enthusiasm. Perhaps I am imagining it, but…