Something To Think About

A priest told me:  “Virtue puts you in touch with reality; sin, fantasy.”  Isn’t this very true? What do you think?

A really radical sacrifice. . .

We chatted about the idea of little sacrifices at home…i.e., doing our home chores enthusiastically.  Here’s an even more radical suggestion – what if we did one of our wives’ chores — enthusiastically?  Well, God doesn’t ask the impossible.

When Dan Was An Altar Boy

‘Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl.’

The priest asks, ‘Is that you, little Dan?’

‘Yes, Father, it is.’

‘And who was the girl you were with?’

‘I can’t tell you, Father, I don’t want to ruin her reputation.’

‘Well, Dan, I’m sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?’

‘I cannot say.’

‘Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?’

‘I’ll never tell.’

‘Was it Nina Capelli?’

‘I’m sorry, but I cannot name her.’

‘Was it Cathy Piriano?’

‘My lips are sealed.’

‘Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?’

‘Please, Father Mike, I cannot tell you.’

The priest sighs in frustration. ‘You’re very tight lipped, and I admire that. But you’ve sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself.’

Dan walks back to his pew, and his friend Reed slides over and whispers, ‘What’d you get?’

‘Four months vacation and five good leads!!…’


Person to Person: “I won’t toe the party line!”

How would you help?

Some of the Church’s teachings seem just plain wrong to me. How can I deny what is perfectly obvious to me just so that I can toe the Church’s party line? I could not respect myself if I said “yes” to what I see as false. Besides, a lot of things have changed over the years. Who is to say that the teaching I can’t accept today won’t change in the future? Why is the Catholic Church so inflexible?”

What happens if this person is you?