Baptism, Circumcision, Vivaldi and…

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com "You're all dressed up," Father Morelli said to Genet when he walked over to the pew where she was sitting. "Yes. This morning, my cousin's son was dedicated." "So, the child wasn't baptized?" "No. My church doesn't believe in infant baptism. We dedicate children just as Joseph and Mary dedicated …

The Roman Ghetto

Dushan and Chioma were at Lungotevere de’ Cenci, 00186 Roma, the meeting point for the Ghetto and Jewish Museum walking tour. The tour was about three hours long. They had arranged it through the hotel. Initially, they had planned to explore the Ghetto on their own but Alfredo, the attendant at the concierge suggested the …

The Rosary, Macbeth & Naples

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Father Morelli was in the sanctuary praying when Genet walked in. She stopped, not wanting to disturb him and waited. Twenty minutes later, he turned and saw her standing there. He slipped the Rosary into the pocket of his cassock. "Hello," he said. She walked over to him. "Hello. You …

The Abandoned Barn

It was Sunday afternoon and they had decided to go for a drive since it was such a beautiful day. They ventured outside of London and ended up in a rural area where they espied what looked like an abandoned barn. Dushan parked the car and they crossed the overgrown field to the sprawling structure. …

Father Kiesler’s Visitor

Father Kiesler was in the office reading a copy of The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI). His mother gave it to him when he visited her on Mother's Day. He was greeted enthusiastically first by his younger sister, Katja and then, his mother who was beside herself with delight. …

The Wisdom of the Cross

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:18, NKJV) When Jesus told His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the …

No Other Name

"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” - Acts 4:12, NKJV Salvation comes through only one way and that is through Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. This is why God sent Him. "For God so …

Behold, Your Savior and King

“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,A colt, the foal of a donkey’” - Matthew 21:5, NKJV What an exciting time this was for the people and disciples when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. People were spreading their clothes on the road while others …

Confessions

I sat there in the confessional booth wondering if I was committing blasphemy. I was a priest, yes but I was also a man and I was doing something which the Bible says only God should be doing--forgiving sins. The only people I should be forgiving are those who have wronged me. That's what it …

Serpents, Accusations & Salvation

They were hanging out in front of the hotel where they were staying after returning from sightseeing and having lunch when Dushan asked her, "Do you have anything against Jews?" Surprised by his question, she replied, "No. Why would I?" "You're a Christian, right?" "Yes." "I've heard of some Christians who have a problem with …

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