It’s a cliché, but true, that to finish well depends on making a “good beginning.” A month or so ago we heard “the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” proclaimed on the Second Sunday of Advent. Those words sound like a title—and, in a way, they
If one phenomenon marks our modern world, it’s instant communication. The message you’re listening to is just one way we interact at the speed of light. I sat at a computer to write this short reflection, and then someone took it—via the Internet—to edit and prepare so that it
Although we usually are too polite to show it, let’s be honest—once in a while we receive a Christmas gift that is just the opposite of what we were expecting! Now, an unexpected Christmas gift may not be all that bad. Sometimes, years later, we may cherish such a gift
Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the feast of Christmas. I want to tell you a true story that happened on a Christmas Eve many years ago. One of my Franciscan confreres, Brother Tim, enjoys celebrating this season so much we’ve dubbed him
You are in on the greatest secret of all time! A mystery hidden for many ages! What is this secret, this mystery? According to St. Paul, writing to the Romans in today’s second reading, it’s the gospel Paul preaches, the revelation of Jesus Christ. The Romans, along with Paul’s
Years ago I waited in line at a gathering of Catholic journalists to greet the then-Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. Since he had ordained me to the priesthood some years before, I thought that my nametag and association with St. Anthony Messenger magazine would ring a bell. I wasn’t disappointed; in
Living in our "information culture" makes us very dependent on those who craft the hundreds of media messages that bombard us daily. From the e-mail on our computers to the ads we see and hear to the news reports we digest—we're at the mercy of the messengers who craft them.
The box-office success of the film version of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings introduced thousands of moviegoers to the fantasy world of “Middle Earth.” The characters who inhabit this world move between despair and hope. Their hope comes in part because of prophecies in the story that promise
Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Feast of Pentecost. Shortly after Easter one year, a woman in my parish who had been received into the Church at the Easter Vigil told me that how welcomed she
Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. How often do we promise to pray for someone we care about? Did you know there’s a special prayer for each of us, prayed by Christ himself?