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"You've Got Another Guess Coming" - 02/24/18

Based on real events in Hudson County, Elia Kazan’s cinema masterpiece On the Waterfront is about a mob boss who runs the waterfront with kickbacks and threats of free swimming lessons in the Hudson with a pair of cement shoes for anyone who stands in his way. Early in the movie, a young woman accuses her priest of living in clerical bubble with no understanding of the dock workers lives. Chastened, Fr. Barry responds “So, you think I’m a guy riding the gravy train in a turned around collar?” Then he goes to the docks. In the middle of the movie, after giving last rites to a man who was about to testify against the mob when a cargo load mysteriously fell and crushed him, Father Barry

"How To Be People" - 2/17/18

Just after his baptism and before his ministry begins, Jesus spends forty days in the wilderness being tempted by Satan. Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospel elaborate on how Satan tempts Jesus when he is famished and Mark’s Gospel only says. “….he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels attended to him.” (Marl 1:13) On Saturday I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and saw this painting of Jesus in the wilderness by Moretto da Brescia. Usually when I think of Mark’s “wild animals” I imagine them menacing Jesus as part of his trial, but in the painting by da Brescia all of the animals are kneeling before him in homage. Of course

"Only For You To Hear" - 02/09/2018

And Mano′ah said to the angel of the Lord, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?” And the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?” - Judges 13:17-18 There are certain names that make my ears tingle and lift my mood just at the sound of them. “Lucy,” my daughter’s name, is a good example. It means “light” and makes me think of sunshine bouncing on the ocean but it’s more than that. Lucy was the nickname of my favorite aunt who was beautiful, funny, innocent, kind and loved me. Say “Lucy” to me it’s immediately the first afternoon in May, flooded with the smell of lilacs. To know someone’s name suggests a le

"Like Water On A Stone" - 02/02/2018

There’s a bronze statue of John the Baptist by Rodin in one of the hallways of the Philadelphia Art Museum that mesmerized my little brother as a child. By instinct he reached out to touch it. He was so entranced he didn’t hear the words “Step back” when the security guard spoke and his eager hand almost made contact with John’s, which seemed perfectly poised to hold it. John the Baptist’s security guard has to be vigilant to make sure that Rodin’s statue doesn’t wind up like the one of Saint Peter in Rome. This six hundred year old bronze piece sits in a marble chair perched on a pillar holding the keys to heaven in one hand and blessing all who enter his Basilica with the other. Both of

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