[author’s note: from the time of our deployment to Iraq.] September 5, 2010 I’m not good with resisting temptation. On a recent Sunday in Iraq I went to a small room near our headquarters early in the morning to offer Mass for anyone from the night shift that wished to go. As I walked […]Read more "Rambling on Temptation"
A new crisis of biblical proportions has gripped the Parish of St. Josaphat’s in Loup City, Nebraska—the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on Bingo night! For the non-cognoscenti, this means the Holy Eucharist will displace the Holy Calling of the Numbers for one night. Some of the natives have become […]Read more "Rambling of Bingo vs. Assumption; 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)"
[author’s note: from our deployment in Iraq.] August 22, 2010 I just spent a week in Baghdad, Iraq, former home to a despotic, homicidal and now dead dictator. The first thing you notice are the palaces—large, ornate, sprawling structures of stone and marble. There is no other word than magnificent when you first see […]Read more "Rambling on Iraqi Palaces"
Is it more proof of the general resurrection to come, the presence of outhouses in cemeteries? It was a beautiful day when I went searching for a small out of the way Lutheran cemetery in the middle of Sherman County Nebraska. Finding the plots took some time but worth it to view a relatively old […]Read more "Ramblings on the Transfiguration and Outhouses"
[author’s note: from our time on deployment to Iraq.] August 15, 2010 Part of my current job is to play the bad guy. Oh sure, you know me as a meek, humble, quiet, unassuming man of God, but in the Army, when you’re the deputy anything you have to be the bad guy. It works […]Read more "Rambling on Threats and the Assumption"
[author’s note: from our time of deployment in Iraq.] August 8, 2010 Here in Iraq we try to make everything as “homey” as possible. That’s why there is a Burger King, Pizza Hut and Subway within two blocks of our chapel location. We even try to make the chapel and especially the Eucharist, the Mass, […]Read more "Rambling on Practical Christianity"
[author’s note: From our deployment to Iraq.] July 25, 2010 Last week one of our Chaplain Assistants, a young married Sergeant, had a brief crisis of conscience. Let me first say that he is Baptist. The more knowledgeable among you will say what kind of Baptist? To tell the truth, I’m not sure. The […]Read more "Rambling on Hindu gods"