Doctor Strange | Bigger on the Inside

  Doctor Strange keeps the wonderful tradition of Marvel superhero movies; action, humor, compelling story line and characters, excellent effects and deeper themes to chew on.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry Caution: Contains spoilers. Things to consider I usually wonder why Marvel … Read More

God of the Living | Breaking Open the Word at Home

    It’s November—the month that we remember our Saints, our beloved dead, and we get ready to close out the liturgical year. This weekend’s readings engage all of these themes, preparing us for what is to come.   by Jen … Read More

Lover of Souls | Breaking Open the Word at Home

    God’s extravagant love for us is on display in this week’s readings. From the first reading to the Gospel, God’s tenderness and mercy are brought in a personal way to Zacchaeus . . . and to all of … Read More

A God of Justice | Breaking Open the Word at Home

    This is the second week in a row that our readings focus on prayer. Why? Because it’s that important. The readings focus on three aspects of prayer: God’s response to them, God’s faithfulness to us when we call out … Read More

Guarding Against Weariness | Breaking Open the Word at Home

    Persistence is certainly a virtue, but to get there, we have to be on guard against weariness.  It’s so easy to become weary—weary in our prayer, in our work, in our daily lives, in the sad and sometimes … Read More

Your Faith Has Saved You | Breaking Open the Word at Home

    This Sunday features stories of God’s healing power being spent on people who would have been resented by Israelite society (or us), thus demonstrating God’s expansive generosity.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry    The common theme in Sunday’s readings is that everyone has … Read More

A Great Chasm | Breaking Open the Word at Home

    Worldly wealth is fleeting, this Sunday’s readings remind us, so it is wise to use it to invest in true wealth—the kind you can take to heaven.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry    Perhaps one of the worst habits that … Read More

God Gets Political | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  What does a good political or business leader do? Sunday’s readings give us God’s perspective.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry    Today’s readings discuss worldly things—because God knows that we have to navigate our way through this world and wants to help … Read More

Have Mercy | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  God, who is perfect and loves us unconditionally, offers us mercy all the time—and expects us to do the same for others.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry    Like any good parent, God has great expectations for us, his children. And, like … Read More

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