"Sleepers, awake!"

On Holy Thursday night, when Christ instituted the Eucharist and gave his disciples a profound example of servant leadership, he shared with them the definitive message of hope…

In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

What is gossip, really?


I've been looking for the word "gossip" in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I can't find it there, even though I've used an advanced Google search technique (i.e., I used "site:")! I suspect it isn't used there because it's too imprecise and doesn't get specifically at an issue.

Pope Francis, has used the term a number of times in his homilies, however, and even used the expression "the terrorism of gossip".

"Love your neighbor as yourself."

God taught us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Do we really understand what this entails?

Let's start with today's first reading, from Leviticus, chapter 19 (verses 1-2, 11-18). Here we find the injunction…

The LORD said to Moses,
"Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:
Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.

"We know what's best for you..."

A post of mine from three years ago reminded me of the insidious nature of "progressive" political strategy, in particular, "nudge" theory. (See Nudge theory.) In particular, this theory (advocated by Thaler and Sunstein in "Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness") was the foundation of President Obama's approach to "transforming America" in general, and the nation's healthcare system in particular.


I was raised as a Roman Catholic from birth. I remember seeing these letters on the altar in church. Much later in life, years after I returned to the Church, I assumed that they stood for the Latin "in hoc signo" which means "in this sign." "In hoc signo vinces." was a revelation to the Roman Emperor Constantine in his conflict with his principal rival, Licinius, for the throne. A natural conclusion, but an incorrect one.


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