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I just got the essays and I think they are excellent. They cover economics, social policy, religion and literature. They make the case for the best in us building a humane world based on what can be done for the common good. Sharp mind and good heart. Highly recommended.

Nuclear Nun

Weapons of Mass destruction are intrinsically evil. An 82 year old Holy Child Jesus Sister, Megan RIce, violated the inner sanctum, supposedly inviolable, of a nuclear weapons facility to make that point by spilling blood inside.  She exposed the wasteful, sinful existence of a weapons system that we have forgotten about and exposed how vulnerable […]

After complaining the usual complaint, why do the wicked prosper? Habbakuk TODAY concludes with this MOST helpful bit of scripture that I know…the vision is delayed and gets further and further away below the horizon when all the time we thought it was coming over the horizon. So today I am reminded: I will stand […]

1984 Sally Fields made what seemed like one of the “save the farm” movies prevailing then. But it was about the Eucharist, John 6 especially. Highly recommended and I say no more. Spoilers. But you must wait to the last few minutes. I had people stop me and the nuns I was with after the […]

Edith Stein

About this day in 1942 Edith Stein and her sister Rosa were murdered in Auschwitz. They were both Catholics, Edith a Carmelite nun. She would have been a philosopher (as chief assistant to Husserl) but being a woman blocker her career. She was a superb teacher at a convent school in Speyer but Jews were […]


There is a no fly zone for our egos. Pain comes from the ego. It is nevertheless something to be dealt with though some spiritual directors are content to point this out…(Tony Demello???) and then walk away, problem solved!!!??? On the other hand, even the most tender invitation to consider something that the ego does […]

The book of the Bible used the most in worship is the book of Psalms. I could never “sell” a workshop on the psalms so I disguised the topic by saying the workshop was about praying with the whole self.  Here is today’s psalm. Responsorial Psalm Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34 R. (14c) Lord, in your […]

1000 years Magna Charta

The class of 2015 will be the class that celebrates the 1000 th anniversary of the Magna Charta. I posted my regrets some year s ago about the demise of the Great Charter the foundation of our Bill of Rights, especially due process, trial by jury. Drones are now the executor of the law as […]

Thrift Shop and taxes

The thrift shop in the parish was run by all volunteers, mostly used clothing. The proceeds went for school scholarships…for the poor. It had to pay Hawaii state taxes because this was not a religious activity. Think about that.

Pettiness of Evil

I should say the horror and destructiveness of evil. But it starts not only petty, but often in response to something or someone who is good and generous. The joke is no good deed goes unpunished. But it is not a joke. The Gospel says that “even the pagans” do good to those who do […]

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