Apr 6

Do the Unexpected

Today’s readings in the Book of Samuel and the Gospel of Mark remind us to do the unexpected.

David slain Goliath with the backing of the Lord.  Goliath had disdain for the young David.  But David was confident in the Lord and the hidden weapons he carried into battle.

Jesus, in the Gospel of Mark, saw a man with a withered hand in the temple on the Sabbath.  The Pharisees were watching Jesus to see if he would obey the law and not do any work (healing) on the Sabbath.

Jesus bucked the law, followed his heart, did what was right and healed the man.  He did the unexpected.

We need more people in these times to do the unexpected.  Generally, that means being principled people, defending what is right and fighting for truth and life.

How appropriate that these are the readings on the day of the March for Life Washington, D.C and throughout the United States.


I think we all try to find that link between the Old Testament and gospel reading.  Today I believe that link is the lesson of service.

Samuel responded to the Lord’s call proclaiming he was his servant.

In the gospel reading from Mark today, we read how Jesus began healing more people.  He arises early one morning for prayer and is found by his disciples.

Jesus told his disciples “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out.”


Lost in the Middle

If you’re like most people, you’ve read the “popular parts” of the bible.  You know - Genesis, Exodus, Isiah, the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles and some of the letters.

I did the same thing.  Whenever I tried to plow through the middle - 1st and 2nd Kings, 1st and 2nd Samuel, Chronicles, Joshua and Judges - I would get stuck.  I would get frustrated by the confusion of the kings of Israel and Judah.  Inevitably, I would give up.

Until this past fall.

I, along with my parish’s men’s group, started the “The Great Adventure" bible study.  It has been a true blessing in my life.  

I have a passion for the bible like I never had before.  It’s because of the framework provided by the course.  It helps make sense of the bible by stringing together the narrative parts of the bible.  

We’ve been on the “middle” part of the bible for a couple of months now.  Mostly due to interruptions in our course due to the holiday.  But also because of the meat that is there to feast on .

The first reading for today is from 1 Samuel.  Whereas before I would just look at the title with no reaction, today I felt like I was returning to an old friend.

The middle books of the bible are so important to the story of salvation.  They explain so much about the evolution of Israel.  

I’m lost in the middle of the bible, again.  But it is not out of frustration but, rather, awe.  I love these books.

I highly recommend the “Great Adventure" bible study.  I hope you can use it and get lost too.


"Is it not something beautiful to consider that with each Hail Mary one gives a kiss to our heavenly Mother?" - Fr Stefano Manelli, F.I.


"Is it not something beautiful to consider that with each Hail Mary one gives a kiss to our heavenly Mother?" - Fr Stefano Manelli, F.I.

Jan 9
Jan 9

Is It Sin To Hold Hands (Or Not Hold Hands) During the 'Our Father' at Mass? | Catholic Bandita


Watch the deacon. The deacon will (almost) never put out his hands - that’s on purpose. Also look at the missalette - there are markings when to kneel, sit, stand, etc. There are no such markings to put out the arms/hands.

This has become a “pet peeve” of mine.

Jan 3

An Anomaly?

This past Sunday was the Feast of the Holy Family.  Our celebrant made mention of how a faith-loving family, usually led by the father, led to grown children that were strong in their catholic faith.  I heard that same tome in other homilies during Advent.

I wonder how I came to be the practical catholic I am today.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not perfect in my worship.  I am, however, much stronger than my father or mother in matters of faith.

My dad was catholic in label only.  My mother was protestant.  She didn’t attend church either.  Somehow, they decided to raise my brother and I as catholics.

Our house might have had one crucifix.  But church was as foreign to us as another state.  

I received all my sacraments.  But I still wonder how I came to be a lover and participant in traditional catholicism with parents that gave me no example.

It is, no doubt, the will of God.

I continue to look to the Holy Family as the exemplification of the domestic, family church.  Despite my familial history.

Jan 2

My Saint for the Year

I was never big on interacting with the saints.  In 2013, however, I began to explore areas of catholicism that I never did before.  One of these was asking saints for intercessory prayer.

About a week ago, I stumbled across the Saint’s Name Generator.  It’s creator put it together to help us learn more about the saints.  You can also choose a saint to be your patron for the year.

The saint I was give was St. Michael the Archangel.  Quite a patron!

Along with Mary, Joseph and others, St. Michael will be my “go to” saint for 2014.