Verbum Domini
Father Michael Najim
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Jacques Fesch was born on April 6, 1930. He was a school dropout, but his father, a wealthy banker, found him a good-paying job at the bank. Soon he got tired of his job and quit, and with his … more
The Sanhedrin had a tough time. Everything blew-up in their faces. They repeatedly tried to crush the Gospel, but it only spread further. Their fight with God was like throwing water on a grease fire. Trying to put it out, it only burned hotter. more
We often excuse our sins with the phrase, “I am only human.” Usually that means, “my faults are inevitable, and therefore excusable.” It is an easy way to brush off the burden of our faults, believing that nothing more should be expected. But when our negligence and carelessness hurts someone else, especially someone we love, then we begin to feel the real gravity of our sins, the weight of being “only human.” A drunk driver has no murderous intent. He is not malicious. In his drink, he is only seeking his consolation, his recreation. Sure, it is excessive and imprudent, but he’s only human. It may not be the best thing, but he doesn’t see the harm. That is, until he takes a life, perhaps even that of a beloved passenger. Like the drunk driver we are very good at excusing our selfishness, until we hurt someone we love. more
Do you believe in love? That is not an easy question today. I know many young adults who believe love is a chemical reaction in the brain, a feeling, a temporary experience, ordered to coupling and procreation. It passes as quickly as it comes. For them, this is a reason not to marry, because the love won’t last. For them, love is a mirage not marriage. It is an irony that, in a society where any love or expression of love is recognized, we don’t have a very good grasp on what it actually is, or even if it really exists. more
If you like to watch nature shows, or have ever visited an aquarium, you know something about ecosystems. You know they are composed of interdependent relationships among creatures and climate. The success of a system depends upon the health of those relationships. Therein lies the fragility of an ecosystem. A dramatic shift in climate, or some new predator or bacteria, can threaten everything. The introduction of something foreign, if powerful enough, can entirely alter or even destroy an ecosystem, wiping it from the face of the earth. This dynamic of ecosystems is helpful when thinking about God’s creation and redemption. more
Promises, promises! For the next 14 months we will be subjected to listening to promises from politicians vying for the presidency and other political offices. The presidential campaign will continue to garner the vast amount of media attention. Already, candidates on both sides of the aisle have begun their campaigns making promises to improve our lives; and as we know, many of these promises will be hard to keep. more
Last Sunday you probably saw the Advent wreath in your church. The Advent wreath is a wonderful tradition that, according to some accounts, began in the Lutheran Church during the 16th century. Each … more
Perspective. The Gospel tells us that Joseph “was a righteous man.” Good thing too. Imagine if he wasn’t. Betrothed to Mary, and finding her already with child, it was entirely within his rights to expose her to shame. He might even have demanded her execution. No Christmas story there. It would have been the end of Christianity. It would have been the condemnation of our salvation. more
I’ve recently been introduced to the music group Mumford and Sons. These are very talented young men whose music typically takes up Christian themes. In one song, making reference to heaven, we hear, “there will come a time you’ll see ... [when] love will not break your heart.” The singer is directing us to the hopes of the next life, assuring us that love will have its fulfillment. Yet, at the same time, this is a sad thought. For it brings forth a very trying truth about this life. On this side of heaven, it seems, love is destined to break our hearts. Regardless of how long or perfect the love we enjoy, whether it is with friends or family or a spouse, we know that we cannot hold onto it. It will pass from us eventually. In this world, love necessitates heartbreak. Even Jesus weeps at the death of Lazarus. more
On Good Friday afternoon as I drove to visit a dying friend, I listened to Father Raymond de Souza on the Catholic Channel preach on the Seven Last Words that Jesus spoke from the cross. Father de … more
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