The Faithful Wellspring

Reintroducing the Faith to the St. Tarcissus Parish Community

Archive for October, 2013

The revelations coming out of numerous major news-sources is that the United States of America, through its many intelligence services, “spied on [the] Vatican in run-up to conclave.” {1} It is specifically alleged by the Italian weekly magazine, Panorama, which is set to publish these claims in the 10/31/2013 paper, that: “[T]he NSA is reported to have tapped the phonecalls of Vatican officials and senior prelates before and during the Conclave,   Read More ...

Current Events

Today’s Gospel tells the familiar story of the tax collector and the Pharisee. Each goes to the temple to pray. The Pharisee stands up in full view and prays out loud that he is grateful not to be like other men who are greedy, shiftless and seemingly worthless. The tax collector, a perceived sinner, quietly prays asking the Lord to have mercy on him. Jesus says that one man went home justified, one   Read More ...

Pastor's Desk Reflections

     As I am sure many who are reading this has come across, through one medium or another, the story relating to a relatively new drug called Krokodil (Crocodile){1}. For those who have not read about this subject matter or need a refresher, please allow me to offer a brief summation of this phenomenon. Krokodil is an intravenous (injectable) narcotic that originates from Siberia-Russia and was introduced as a   Read More ...

Musings Reflections

Dear Friends, I’m sure by now that most of you have heard about Malala Yousafzai. She is the young Muslim girl who was shot at point blank range by a Taliban leader who tried to silence her because she encouraged young girls like herself to go to school. In Pakistan where Malala lived at that time, it was forbidden for women to be educated. Malala ,the child of a teacher,   Read More ...

Pastor's Desk Reflections

I want to clarify something before I even go a single letter further as I know how passionate American’s are for their sports. As a youngster, I was a massive basketball and Bulls fan. It became a common occurrence for my family and I to rearrange events based on the Bulls schedule—a schedule that was proudly attached to the front of the refrigerator so as to be viewed and reviewed   Read More ...

Reflections

The term “propaganda” often conjures up caricaturized, almost outlandish, images, such as the ones attached to this article as well as those innumerable others used in the various war efforts of WWI/WWII/Korea/Vietnam, in many people’s minds. The truth, however, is that propaganda is tremendously influential and ubiquitous in our modern times. An elementary example of this is visible in the (relatively) simple story of how bacon-and-eggs became an American breakfast   Read More ...

Reflections