The face of the devil and the mercy of God

Detail from 'Massacre of the Innocents' by Pieter Brueghel the Younger

What are we to make of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut?Later in the month, both the Western and Eastern church will observe the slaughter of the Holy Innocents, that tragic moment in which King Herod answered the Gospel by trying to murder the Messiah.As Matthew reports, "Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under. . ." (Matt … [Read more...]

There is a final judgment; act accordingly

Jack Nicholson as Frank Costello

It's a sobering thought to realize that we will all someday face a final judgment.In the 2006 Martin Scorsese movie, The Departed, Jack Nicholson's character, mob boss Frank Costello, walks past an associate in a bar and asks how his mother is doing. The man replies, ruefully, "She's on her way out.""We all are," says Costello without a trace of sympathy, "act accordingly."It's a telling insight into the character. The murderous Costello is not a man who believes he'll live forever. He … [Read more...]


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