Posts from March 2018

Posts from March 2018

WHO GAVE THE ORDER?

Perhaps during your school days you heard the lines of Tennyson’s famous poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade: Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade!”… Not though the soldier knew Someone had blundered. Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and…

GOD’S JUSTICE FILES

There is, legally speaking, a different burden of proof needed to convict in a criminal trial as opposed to a civil trial.  There are judicial reasons. But after all the “legalese” has been explained, it’s still hard for the average Joe or Jane to figure out how O.J. could be “not guilty” of the murder of his wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman in a criminal trial – while at…

SHORTCUT SANCTIFICATION

Evan Keliher taught in the Detroit public school for 30 years.    He watched the educational fads come and go. He participated in team-teaching.  He supervised peer-tutoring programs. He struggled with block schedules. In 2002 he looked back on it all in an editorial for Newsweek.  “None of it ever made a discernible difference in my students’ performance,” he said. Then…

LESSONS FROM THE WILDERNESS

God was no miser to His Old Testament people.  He drenched all of them with grace, an undeserved love that foreshadowed the word and sacraments in which He wraps you and me today.   The pillar of cloud and fire went before them like unto Him who said:  “I am the Light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”   They…

A CHANGE OF WARDROBE

In the 3rd chapter of Zechariah, God shows us a vision of the high priest in those days, a man named Joshua (a different man than the one who fought the battle of Jericho). Joshua is a real person.  He is the High Priest of Israel.  He is a priest with an unfinished temple.  When the refugees of Judah returned to the land their fathers and grandfathers called home, the…
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