Month: October 2019

Pharisees Among Us

For a moment, imagine the Parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Lk 18:9-14) unfolding before us. The Pharisee is dressed to the nines. Accompanying his flowing garment is…

Faith and Perseverance

One of my favorite scriptural passages for use during the Rite of Baptism is found in the Gospel of Matthew (19:13-15): Then children were brought to him that he might…

Our Thanksgiving

In antiquity, the only measure that could be adopted to curtail leprosy and prevent contamination was the creation of boundaries similar to other boundaries that figure prominently in the Bible. Here…

Got Faith?

On October 24, 1993, a large advertising agency launched one of the most influential advertising campaigns of all time. Its client was the California Milk Processor Board. With the use…

Lord, Increase our Faith

I cry out to you ‘violence’ but you do not intervene. Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? They are words written millennia ago, and…