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It’s nice, but this is not our home

Tuesday in the 30th Week of Ordinary Time

Deacon Robert Banet

This is not your home!

What is that you’ve got on your computer?

That’s Bishop Sheen?

Who?

Bishop Sheen was a great television preacher years ago.

Oh? Continue reading It’s nice, but this is not our home

God has compassion for the animals, too

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deacon Robert Banet

The Compassion of God

Oscar, did you ever think of the compassion of God?

Well, yes. He has great compassion for us, His people.

Yes, on us – but also for the lesser forms of life, like the animals.

No, I have never thought about that.

In the book of Exodus, He wants the Israelites to allow the firstlings to remain for a week with their mothers.

Why would He do that?

I suppose, just like human babies, they would want to be with their mothers. So too the animals.

Wow! That gives new meaning to God’s compassion.

Yes. And then there’s the business of  not boiling a kid in its mother’s milk.

That’s odd. I wonder why.

My guess is out of reverence for the mother.  Imagine a human baby’s sensibilities being reminded of the sacrifice of his mother.  A little touch of family reverence, perhaps.

Maybe you’ve got something there. Do you suppose God is pleased every time I give my dog a drink or let her in the house when it’s too hot outside?

I wouldn’t be a bit surprised. Glory to God!

How can an atheist explain the beautiful butterfly?

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deacon Robert Banet

Thank you, Lord!

What do you keep muttering under your breath, Oscar?

I can’t help it.

Can’t help what?

Can’t help thanking God I’m not an atheist.

What’s the big deal about that?

Well, I look around at the world, its complexity, its order, its beauty.  It’s awesome.

So ? Continue reading How can an atheist explain the beautiful butterfly?