Verbum Domini
Father Michael Najim
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God uses nature and the seasons to teach us life lessons. As I’ve previously noted in this column, for me, autumn is the most poetic and instructive season. Have you ever noticed how the colors of … 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
I think it’s safe to say that most of us admire the saints. We look to them as our role models for living the Christian life. Many people, however, misunderstand what it means to be a saint. Many think it’s about being perfect, and therefore they abandon the hope of ever living a holy life. However, does being holy mean being perfect and never sinning? This is an appropriate question for us to ponder as we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints this Sunday. more
Living in New England, you’ve probably had the experience of taking a long drive on a beautiful autumn day. Maybe you stopped and took in a picturesque scene: the sun shining, the trees along a river’s edge brilliant with spectacular reds and yellows, their colors reflecting on the water. It’s a spiritual moment, to say the least. more
“A man ran up, knelt down before Jesus, and asked him, ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’” Like all of us, the man in this Sunday’s Gospel was yearning for more in his life. It seems he had considerable wealth, yet his question to Jesus reveals that material wealth had not brought him the fulfillment he sought. Jesus acknowledges the man’s yearning by saying to him, “You lack one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” more
Married couples may or may not be able to relate to this humorous story: more
The Dictionary defines hyperbole as “exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.” We use hyperbole when we want to dramatically make a point. For example, “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.” Hyperbole is such over exaggeration that it draws the listener into the drama that we are describing. more
St. Therese of Lisieux lived in France in the late 19th century. She entered the Carmelite monastery at the young age of 15 and died of tuberculosis in 1897 when she was only 24. Therese lived a hidden life in the Carmelite cloister, yet she is undoubtedly one of the most popular saints. Few people would have known who Therese was when she was alive; but after her death, and especially after her autobiography was published, she became known and loved throughout the world. more
In 1925, the New York World publication celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln with a cartoon that has become something of a classic. Two Kentucky farmers are pictured talking over a picket fence. One asks, “Anything new happen lately?” The other responds, “Nothing much. A new baby was born over at Tom Lincoln’s place, but nothing much ever happens around here.” more
The Global Positioning System has made life much easier, especially for those of us who are directionally challenged. If you’re not familiar with it, the Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite based navigation system. These satellites transmit signals of your exact location to your car navigation system or your smart phone. Just type in the address and these navigations systems will even dictate directions to you while you drive, leading you to your destination. more
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