Thought for the day

(The thought for the day is based on the Mass readings for the day) “Let him who is wise understand these things; let him who is prudent know them. Straight are the paths of the Lord, in them the just walk, but sinners stumble in them.” Hosea 14:10 If I’m walking along the sidewalk and…

My invisible friend

One of the favorite taunts of atheists is that religious people believe in an “invisible friend.” They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection.  It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave…

Thought for the day

(The thought for the day is based on the Mass readings for the day) Thus says the Lord: When Israel was a child I loved him, out of Egypt I called my son. Hosea 11:1 Only the Gospel of Matthew records the accounts of the Holy Family having to flee to Egypt after Jesus is…

Thought for the day

(The thought for the day is based on the Mass readings for the day) “Sow for yourselves justice, reap the fruit of piety; break up for yourselves a new field, for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain down justice upon you.” Hosea 10:12 It was clear to the Old…

Thought for the day

(The thought for the day is based on the Mass readings for the day) “The Lord is not leased with them. He shall still remember their guilt and punish their sins; they shall return to Egypt.” Hosea 8:11-13 You don’t want to return to Egypt. That’s a metaphor for slavery and oppression. Why would the…