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What Is the Shortest Distance Between People?

November 13, 2015 6 Comments
What Is the Shortest Distance Between People?

It has been said that the shortest distance between two people is laughter. There is something strangely intimate about laughter. Indeed, it is an intimacy that can often break through many divisions. Upon hearing a joke, even enemies can laugh and share a moment of intimate and mutual joy, or at least mirth. Watch this […]

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On Blaming Others, as Seen in a Humorous Video

November 6, 2015 4 Comments
On Blaming Others, as Seen in a Humorous Video

We live in a litigious culture, especially here in America, where we think of most things in terms of the law and legislation. If there is a problem, one of our first thoughts is to have lawmakers or judges craft a solution. This is also true with assessing blame for things. Not long ago, perhaps […]

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An Image of Grace in a Paul Simon Song

October 30, 2015 3 Comments
An Image of Grace in a Paul Simon Song

I’ve got my Gospel glasses on and my holy hearing aids in; I’m seeing and hearing God in strange places. There are several Paul Simon songs that bring holy thoughts to me, even if he didn’t mean them that way. One them is this one (followed by my commentary): When I was a little boy, […]

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Let’s Pretend We Know What We’re Talking About – As Seen in a Commercial

October 23, 2015 2 Comments
Let’s Pretend We Know What We’re Talking About – As Seen in a Commercial

In life we don’t always have answers. There are just times when the best answer is, “I don’t know.” This is especially the case with the deeper mysteries of life such as the problem of evil, the “why” of suffering, and the reason why things sometimes don’t make sense. As a younger priest I felt […]

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To the Weak I Became Weak – As Seen in a Powerful Commercial

October 16, 2015 3 Comments
To the Weak I Became Weak – As Seen in a Powerful Commercial

The video at the bottom of this post is a heartwarming one with a surprise ending. I see in it an illustration of something St. Paul wrote of the essentially sacrificial nature of evangelization: Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many […]

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Love, It’s What God Does – As Seen in a Commercial

October 9, 2015 2 Comments
Love, It’s What God Does – As Seen in a Commercial

I’ve been enjoying the Geico “It’s what you do” commercials (in the less than one hour of television I watch each day). They remind me of a sort of syllogism I’ve used to explain why God’s loves us: God is love. When love is what you are, love is what you do. Therefore, God loves. […]

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Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV

October 2, 2015 0 Comments
Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV

Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen to us. Why does He not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering? While mysterious, the clearest answer is that God allows suffering in order that some greater […]

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Faith Comes Through Hearing – As Seen in a Beautiful Video

July 31, 2015 4 Comments
Faith Comes Through Hearing – As Seen in a Beautiful Video

Below is a touching video of a hearing-impaired infant who, after being fitted with a hearing aid, hears the voices of his parents for the very first time. Initially, the child fidgets, afraid of what is happening. But as the voices of his parents reach his soul, a smile of joy and recognition blossoms on […]

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