There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy (A Few Words for Wednesday)

The Return of the Prodigal Son, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Public Domain)

The Return of the Prodigal Son, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Public Domain)

Long ago, I shared a poem by Frederick Faber in this space.  This week, I share the words of a hymn he wrote. You can add music, too, and sing along if you like.

I first read these words in my favorite book about my favorite Old Testament book. Faber wrote lots of hymns, Faith of Our Fathers being one of the better known ones. The following hymn is a gift that reminds me of the passage that St. Paul writes to the Corinthians: [Read more…]

To Break My Fast From Being Merciful

Peter Chrysologus, master of the succinct homily.

I came across some wise words of a Doctor of the Church I had never heard of the other day. The subject? The importance of being merciful.

For the longest time, and long before I became a Catholic, I thought being merciless was the correct tack. After all, that is the way of the world. So I was, in an upside down way, fasting from being merciful. [Read more…]

“And When Cardinal Kasper Lied At The Synod, I Stopped Listening To Him At All.”

"What have I done?"

“What have I done?”

That’s a direct quote from me, Joe Six-Pack, USMC.  [Read more…]

Because You Never Know When Pope Francis Might Pick Up The Phone, And Give You A Call

Call me maybe? I gotta say, it’s a pretty incredible story. [Read more…]

Because Jesus is the Unjust Steward

This first ran back in September, 2010 during the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette. I think it deserves another look…

—Feast of Our Lady of La Salette

Today I heard the best explanation of the parable of the “Unjust Steward” that I have ever heard. Or maybe it is the parable of the “Shrewd Manager.” Either way, thanks to the homily of my pastor today,  I think I may finally understand this parable. [Read more…]