Browsing News Entries

The Double Loss of Being Good for Nothing

In the Office of Readings for this past Sunday (20th Sunday of the Year), we read St. John Chrysostom’s meditation on what it means that we are “the salt of the earth.” I would like to ponder his teaching in three stages. The Dignity Do not think, he says, that you are destined for easy …

The post The Double Loss of Being Good for Nothing appeared first on Community in Mission.

Words of Encouragement from the Prophet Micah

In the Office of Readings, we have been reading from the Prophet Micah. The book contains much in the way of both warning and consolation for the ancient Jewish people, who saw great destruction all around them. During Micah’s lifetime, he and his fellow Jews in Judah saw the whole of the northern Kingdom of …

The post Words of Encouragement from the Prophet Micah appeared first on Community in Mission.

Beware the Hypocrisy of the “Spiritual but Not Religious”

We live in the age of the designer God, when many claim the right to imagine and craft their own version of god. Some of them refer to it as “the god within.” Others call it “the god of my understanding.” Still others speak of “the Jesus I know.” A consistent feature of these manufactured …

The post Beware the Hypocrisy of the “Spiritual but Not Religious” appeared first on Community in Mission.

The Battle Is Engaged – Choose Sides!

The readings this Sunday speak of a great cosmic battle that is taking place all around us. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of it vividly and of his own mission to engage our ancient foe and to gather God’s elect back from the enslaving clutches of Satan, who was a murderer and a liar from …

The post The Battle Is Engaged – Choose Sides! appeared first on Community in Mission.

On Finding the Proper Focus, as Seen in a Commercial

GEICO has a new commercial that, in addition to plugging their insurance, speaks to the importance of focus. Having the proper focus can change one’s outlook entirely. In the commercial below, a youngster’s science fair project brings chaos. One of the parents at the fair barely notices, however, because he is focused on exciting news. …

The post On Finding the Proper Focus, as Seen in a Commercial appeared first on Community in Mission.

Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church

There are some who would have the Church step back to avoid persecution or giving offense. Perhaps there are assets like buildings and land to protect. And maybe some rapprochement with the world will attract more members. Or so the thinking goes. But a study of earlier periods of persecution reveals a different plan for …

The post Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church appeared first on Community in Mission.

The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary

While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in stages: The Assumption Explained – To be “assumed” …

The post The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary appeared first on Community in Mission.

A Lament on the Shrinking of Summer

Not so long ago the middle of August was still a lazy time to enjoy the last few days of summer. It used to be that Labor Day marked the unofficial end of summer—not so much any more in more places for more and more people. The erosion of summer is driven mainly by the …

The post A Lament on the Shrinking of Summer appeared first on Community in Mission.

Will Marriages Be Acknowledged in Heaven?

I am often approached by widows and widowers after the death of a spouse with a question similar to this one, which was submitted to me at my “Question and Answer” column in Our Sunday Visitor. I recently lost my husband of 46 years and long to be reunited with him one day. But some …

The post Will Marriages Be Acknowledged in Heaven? appeared first on Community in Mission.

Hosea’s Stormy Marriage

In the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours last week we read from the Book of the Prophet Hosea. The story of the Prophet Hosea’s troubled marriage is a powerful testimony to two things: our tendency to be unfaithful to God, but also God’s passionate love for us. This is particularly important …

The post Hosea’s Stormy Marriage appeared first on Community in Mission.