Just try to grow a beard in the parish and the questions become endless: Why did you do that? Isn’t it too hot to grow a beard in the summer? How come you’re not wearing a flea and tick collar? You know you’d be less ugly without the beard? People mean well, but I always […]Read more "Rambling on Corpus Christi (A)"
The greatest lover of the modern era has passed beyond our sight, or so his obituary intimates. In a local newspaper this morning ran the details of a man’s life and somewhat early demise (early 60s). The paper describes the gentleman “marrying his sweetheart from high school a few years after graduation.” It goes on […]Read more "Rambling on Easter Faith and Cupid"
It’s hard to believe that my Mom would cheat on my Dad, but the guy who delivered the mail when we were young was named something like Lars Halvorson. So why the suspicion? The various companies who specialize in DNA analysis say you might be surprised what your genetic profile shows, in my case they […]Read more "Rambling for the 5th Sunday of Lent (A)"
What’s more important to you, people or places? Before you answer recall the development of the neutron bomb some years ago that promised the advantage of exploding and killing all people in the area but sparing the buildings and other assorted infrastructure. There’s a pragmatic solution to population control and conservation of resources. In a […]Read more "Ramblings on People vs. Places"
For complete honesty, you need to have a children’s collection during Mass. There will be some who say that such a collection is liturgically improper or, on the other hand, you’re corrupting young innocence with filthy lucre. However, how are you going to hear the unvarnished truth from a guileless youngster without the aid of […]Read more "Ramblings on the Fourth Sunday of Lent (A)"
In retrospect, the identity of my great, great grandfather’s half sister’s father-in-law was not high on the list of people I needed to know in my genealogical line. For those of us with simple linear minds, tracing our roots back in time seems simple; OK, who was my great grandfather’s father? Who was his father […]Read more "Rambling on the Third Sunday of Lent (A)"
Advance of age brings a change of perspective; when in our teens we see the obituaries of people in their 60’s and we think “Well, some old people have kicked the bucket.” As our 60th year approaches, arrives and says good-bye we say “Man, what happened? They died young, only in their 60’s!” Why the […]Read more "Rambling on the Second Sunday of Lent (Year A)"