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Author Archives: Mark Andrews
JMJ Friends, like millions of other people, I like to tackle certain initiatives at the beginning of each year. I make secular vows like losing weight and exercising more and pious vows like praying a daily Rosary or getting to … Continue reading
JMJ Happy and Blessed Advent to everyone. The Gospel reading on December 10, 2017 reintroduces us to the compelling character of St. John the Baptist. In hindsight, there are clear reasons why John merits reverence in the Church: he shares … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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