Author Archives: Mark Andrews

About Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews lives with his wife and two children in a Chicago suburb. He teaches high school math for a living and sixth grade religious education at his parish. He is also a lector, singer, and Knights of Columbus member. Mark's novel The Joy of the Lord is a historical fiction about the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. It is available at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

Happy Holidays to the Church Militant

JMJ We celebrate many holidays during the month of November. Many people would say that Thanksgiving begins the “Holiday Season” which then goes through Christmas and New Year’s covering Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Catholics know that November 1st truly starts this … Continue reading

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Trust in Princes

JMJ What do Hollywood, the NFL, and the Catholic Church have in common? They all have fans whose faith has been shaken by the behavior of the heroes they held in high esteem. This happened because they lost focus on … Continue reading

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Why Should I Know That?

JMJ “Why should I know that?” I have heard this question many times as a math teacher over the years, but once I asked a student who the first president of the United States was and she answered, “Why should … Continue reading

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The Assumption: A Promise to Disciples

JMJ On August 15th, Catholics around the globe celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Since the earliest days of Christianity, we have believed that Our Lady was assumed body and soul into heaven. If you are unfamiliar with the history … Continue reading

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Facebook to Faithbook?

In case you missed it, the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, made a couple of interesting statements last month. He claimed Facebook is “the new church” and the social network can take on the role that religion once did in … Continue reading

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Cruising Without Christ

  JMJ I recently stepped off of a cruise ship after seven days of sailing. We stopped frequently at touristy Alaskan towns replete with jewelry stores, souvenir shops, crab shacks and bars. If you didn’t stuff yourself with fresh seafood … Continue reading

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Failure, Fatima and Fasting

JMJ I teach math in a public high school. Like any job, it provides daily challenges. Sometimes, though, education creates situations that really test me, both professionally and personally. For six years, I have taught Calculus III to a collection … Continue reading

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Render Unto Uncle Sam…

As I reflected on what I would discuss this month, I felt called to juxtapose two familiar quotes. The first comes from a hero of the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin, written in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789. Franklin … Continue reading

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A Toast to Saint Patrick

I like to drink. Beer. Good beer. I especially enjoy the ice cold variety in a frosty mug. The presence of good friends magnifies my enjoyment of this activity many, many times. I think a lot of you may appreciate this. Maybe … Continue reading

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How Hallmark Destroyed Marriage

“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… So tweasure your wuv.” These classic words from The Princess Bride, although innocuously sweet sounding, … Continue reading

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