One of life’s most wonderful blessings is the gift of sleep. If you doubt that, talk to some person who suffers from chronic insomnia. They dread going to bed for fear of being unable to sleep. They toss and turn throughout the night. They get up the next morning, exhausted and frustrated by their inability to sleep. Too much sleep is almost as detrimental as too little. The person who constantly wants to sleep is either physically sick or emotionally depressed, or is just plain bored with life. The story of Rip Van Winkle is an American legend about a […]
A clerk in a small town store said to the pastor, “I know she is a member of your Church, but she is the most difficult person to wait on when she comes into my store.” A traveling salesman said, “I know he is on your committee and so far as I know, he is honest, but in the business world it would be easier to get along with the devil.” Make no mistake, a bad disposition is a tragic curse in any life. Have you ever stopped to consider that the sins of the spirit can negate your Christian […]
Let me ask this question, and try to answer it honestly: Who or what is the most important thing in your life? That is not an easy question to answer. Our lives are involved with so many things and include so many things that it is difficult to isolate just one as central and supreme. But someone or something is. All our lives are organized into a hierarchy of commitments and concerns, and at the top sits one supreme thing or person to which we subordinate and would even sacrifice all the rest. For some people that person or thing […]
What exactly was, or is, demon possession? How did it happen? Was it voluntary or involuntary? Did it occur through guilt or ignorance or accident? Are there parallel instances today? All of these are questions, the answer to which, I do not know. Yet despite the mysteries, there is one area in which the New Testament communicates clearly and effectively. It speaks to us about the tragedy of divided living. We all have horns and halos, strengths and weaknesses. We are both good and bad. All men of insight have felt this same conflict within themselves. St. Paul wrote, “It […]
Today is Veterans’ Day. There will not be a 6:45 AM Mass at Annunciation Church this morning. There will be a Veterans’ Motorcade through the streets of Crestwood beginning at 10 AM. Please line the streets and show your support to our veterans and active military and reserves who selflessly serve our country! Route: St. Eleanora’s Lane, Crestwood Ave., Hartmann Place, Hollywood Ave., Kennedy Place, Westchester Ave., Pennsylvania Ave., Thompson St., ad Vermont Terrace.