John Grondelski

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Just Where He Wanted To Be

John’s Passion, read on Good Friday, is laconic about what happened that day: “There, they crucified him, and with Him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle” (John 19: 18). John is silent about those two. In contrast to Luke, whose...

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Man: Little Less Than the Angels or Lovely as a Tree?

When I look at the heavens, the work of your hands, the moon and the starts that you have established; what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him little less than the angels, and crowned him...

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5th Sunday of Lent — Seeing or Believing?

The Fifth Sunday of Lent is the last occasion when the celebrant has a choice of two possible sets of readings: year A, which is always available, featuring the raising of Lazarus, or year C, centered on the woman caught in adultery. As in past...

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Send Forth Your Spirit and They Shall Be Created

As noted last week, the challenge of writing about the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent this year is that there are two possibilities: the readings of year A (which can always be used), about appearances and the man born blind, or the...

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Get Ready — The ERA May Be Down, But It’s Not Out

The Virginia General Assembly’s adjournment this year, without having approved the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), gives Catholics a breather to flesh out, for themselves and others, the implications of this proposal. The whole process of...

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People May Not Thirst For God, But God Thirsts For Them

Writing about the readings of the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent is a bit tricky, because priests have a choice of two possible sets. One can always use the readings of Year A, which feature the Gospel of John (the Samaritan woman on...

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Sunday Best, Casual Friday, and Ties

“Is the tie going the way of the hat as gentleman’s apparel?” asks Eric Felten in the Jan. 22 Washington Examiner. Just take a look at movies from the 1950s or 1960s (or peruse your family album): most men, irrespective of social status,...

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The Temptation of Our Lord in the Desert

By ecclesiastical tradition, the Gospel theme of the first two Sundays of Lent is fixed: the First Sunday focuses on Jesus’ temptation in the desert, the Second on his Transfiguration. We hear the Gospel on Sundays, but it is worth reflecting on...

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A Humble Proposal on Humility

When I was a child, I used to collect stamps. I’ll date myself: the last president I could find on a stamp back then was John F. Kennedy, even though Richard Nixon sat in the White House. I later found out why: the U.S. Postal Service used to...

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The “Good-Enough” Life Isn’t Good Enough

Enormous confusion follows when people delve into subjects in which they assume a “good enough” definition of the terms they are discussing. That seems to be the problem with Avram Alpert’s essay in the Feb. 20 New York Times, “The Good-Enough...