Verbum Domini
Father Michael Najim
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I spent Memorial Day weekend with friends at their lake house in Bloomington, Indiana, and on Sunday we went to the Indianapolis 500. I’m not a racing fan, but I must admit that it was a great experience. Racing is the largest spectator sport in the United States. The Indy 500 is proof of that, with more than 300,000 people in attendance. However, unlike other sports, it’s the type of sport that many of us will never attempt. When it comes to race car driving you and I will most likely remain on the sidelines. more
CNBC airs a television series entitled “American Greed.” It highlights the dark path to wealth that some people take: credit card scams, identity theft, and Ponzi schemes among others. It’s … more
We all must think about heaven now and then. It’s helpful to take the perspective of the angels, to peer upon our problems from the clouds, to measure them against eternity. There are days when we lift our eyes in exasperation, calling out for a better, fairer or easier world. But knowing we will not find it here, we may be tempted to despair. Thinking on heaven is a strategy to renew our hope and shore up our confidence, St. Paul admonishes us: “Bear your share of hardship for the gospel” (2Tim 1:8). Occasionally, to maintain stamina, we must anticipate the rest and peace of the blessed. more
Have you ever felt scrutinized? Maybe you’ve had the experience with an angry parent, a suspicious employer, or even a jealous spouse. Scrutinized, your actions are watched minutely, your motives guessed at, a litany of questions pick through your past. It’s an awful experience to be suspected. It’s worse still if something is discovered, if something we shamefully guarded within us is then forced out into the open. It can be the most wounding experience, naked and exposed to the fiercest arrows of judgment and ridicule. Yet, the very same experience, if done in the light of love, can be the most healing. For what is sweeter than admitting to the worst truths about ourselves and then discovering that we are loved anyway. more
Every once in a while I enjoy going on a hike. Besides being good exercise, there’s a real sense of accomplishment I feel when I’ve made it to the top of the mountain and spend time taking in the … more
If you’ve ever refinanced a loan, you know the goal is to find the lowest interest rate. Essentially one is swapping creditors, transferring debt to a gentler financier. This is a common concept in our fiscal life, but the simple notion of debt transfer is also at the heart of our spiritual life. Our redemption hinges on refinancing. more
Soon after entering seminary, I visited a friend who was unfamiliar with the faith. Driving in his car, he told me he had a song he wanted me to hear. As it began, I could tell it was a song about Christianity. more
I have a vivid memory of a pop quiz. It was given in the 5th grade. Typical of these quizzes, we were instructed to read everything before beginning. more
Greed is madness. That was the opinion of early Christians. Greed, like delirium, stems from a false perception of reality. The Fathers of the Church marveled at the way men feverishly pursue stones and metals. These are mere earth, but by some derangement of the mind, men attach a value to them far exceeding any sober assessment. more
Moses had a rough go of it. He was caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, there was the all-powerful God, who, though often mysterious, had very clear expectations. On the other hand, there were the people. They were good at pointing out the obvious and complaining. What were they doing in this desert? They were hungry and thirsty. They had plenty of food and drink in Egypt, plenty of fleshpots. Was this supposed to be a rescue? Were they going to survive this liberation? “Is God in our midst or not?” (Ex 17:7). more
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