Solstice

Solstice

We are close to the time of the autumn/winter solstice.  That word comes from two Latin roots which mean “sun” (sol) and “stand” (sistere). So the imagery is that of the sun coming to a stop or standing on the day with the shortest amount of daylight.  It is as though...
Weeds and Wheat

Weeds and Wheat

On one summer Sunday, and again on some weekdays, in the Catholic liturgy, we heard again the parable of the weeds and the wheat.  This has long been one of my favorite parables and images from Jesus.  I think this simple story reflects some of the reality of life in...
Land of the Free?

Land of the Free?

Our country celebrates our independence again this weekend.  The original independence was our separation from England at the beginning of our country. Since then our citizens have been proud of our independence and we have sung of the “land of the free.” And over the...