Hell. “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

In the movie the Princess Bride, one of the heroes, Inrigo Montoya, responds to one of the villains’ continual use of the word “inconceivable”.  Each time the villian, supposedly a genius, says, “Inconceivable” what occurs actually is very conceivable.  Finally, Inrigo says the famous line, “You keep using that word.  I do not think it […]

Dirty feet and death

In today’s Gospel from the Mass (John 13:1-15), despite Divine Mercy offered by Jesus Christ, some people prefer dirty feet

The Divine Mercy of Jesus

When thinking of  the Gospel from the Mass for the 5th Sunday in Lent (John 8:1-11), our first response is often to marvel at the mercy that Jesus offers the woman caught in adultery. Monsignor Charles Pope offers his typically insightful analysis that highlight’s Jesus’ mercy for His accusers.

The Ingrate and the Grateful: A Tale of Two Healings

Today’s Gospel from the Mass (John 5:1-16) recounts the miraculous healing by Jesus of a man who had been an invalid for 38 years.  In John 9:1-41, another miraculous healing of a man born blind is recounted.   Read separately they are, like all parts of the Gospel, full of meaning and blessing; read together, […]

The Elder Son Syndrome. Do you have it?

In today’s Gospel from the Mass (Luke 15:1-3; 11-32), the Prodigal Son, Jesus, The Divine Psychologist demonstrates His great insight into human nature; The Elder Son Syndrome.

Divine Mercy and the Unmerciful

In the Gospel from the Mass from the second Saturday in Lent (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32), Jesus gives the Jewish leadership yet another chance to repent from their evil ways by telling them the Parable of the Prodigal Son