The Good Word

  • In the first entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on Galatians, I discussed introductory matters concerning the founding of the churches to the Galatians, the situation when Paul wrote to them, when the letter might have been written and the type of letters which Paul wrote, based on the common Greco-Roman letters of his day.

  • I’d had it! I’d just celebrated yet another wedding without the smallest little envelope, one thanking me in the nicest possible way, with a little cash or check. What was it with this town? Weddings, funerals, baptisms! Nothing. Or Nada, as many of our folk would say. 

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  • Tanti anni fa, as the Italians would say, I was studying Italian at the Dante Alighieri Scuola per Stranieri in Florence, just off the Ponte Vecchio. I had already passed a year in Rome, studying theology, in the Italian language, at the Gregorian University. But I had arrived in the Eternal City, like the other American seminarians in my class, shortly before classes began at the university, with no knowledge of Italian. My first year in that Roman classroom, I...

  • In the first entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on Galatians, I discussed introductory matters concerning the founding of the churches to the Galatians, the situation when Paul wrote to them, when the letter might have been written and the type of letters which Paul wrote, based on the common Greco-Roman letters of his day.

  • Life is full of burdens. Some we scarcely realize, because we’ve grown accustomed to them. We can’t remember when we didn’t carry them. One burden, shared by all believers, every day of their lives, is trying to determine God’s will. 

  • Such happenstance! what happened in the city of Sarajevo, on June 28th, 1914. To recognize its significance and effect, one must understand the world that day’s deed erased.

    A hundred years ago, Europe was at peace, enjoying the most beautiful of summers, still at the start of a new century, one promising all good things to humanity. Science and technology were remaking the world. Enlightenment was spreading, even to the darkest parts of Africa and Asia, albeit under colonial aegis...

  • One Saturday evening, shortly before Mass, a man called me to his side. I didn’t know him well, as I only came to the parish to provide weekend assistance. “I want you to have this,” he said, handing me an envelope with my name on it. “You can read it later.” 

    That night, I opened the envelope. Inside was a prayer the man had carefully composed:

  • In the first entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on Galatians, I discussed introductory matters concerning the founding of the churches to the Galatians, the situation when Paul wrote to them, when the letter might have been written and the type of letters which Paul wrote, based on the common Greco-Roman letters of his day.

  • Fifty-eight-year old Luis recalled his grandfather, Ignacio, as being so domineering that he could command others with his eyes. “If we were doing something [wrong]…he talked to you with his eyes. With his eyes, he told you no.  And with his eyes, he told you to go outside.  His eyes would tell you to be quiet. And that’s all we had to do was just look at him (89).