“Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” (Mk 4:40) and 2020 books


Today’s Gospel (Mk 4:35-41) struck me as particularly relevant to me (and many others, I’m quite sure) in these turbulent times in our nation and in our world. Jesus’ words (above) to His disciples in the boat being tossed about in a storm tracks very well with the tempest we are experiencing in these days. It is quite easy to fall into discouragement and even fear regarding seemingly unending and increasingly turbulent civil unrest, a devastating pandemic raging for nearly a year, and upheavals in government policy just beginning but sure to be exacerbated in the coming days. It is important to be aware of what it going on in all of these areas and to do what we can to deal with them (beginning and ending with prayer). But we never must forget who is in charge and who wins in the end. So let us be at peace, a tranquility that comes with faith in a God who said, “I will never forsake you or abandon you” (Heb 13:5).

2020 BOOKS

Out of curiosity, I counted how many books I read in 2020 (a number easy to determine since I post every book I read along with a short review on Goodreads). Fifty-seven books (59 if I add two books finished in the first days of this year) were polished off in a year in which reading became a leading pastime for many folks. You can see all my books and reviews here, but i thought I would highlight seven (a biblically perfect number) in no particular order:

I already have at least two books for Lenten reading in the dock:


You will not find a better resource for vaccine ethics than the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Go to https://www.ncbcenter.org/bioethics-resources and click on “COVID-19” for a wealth of information on this important subject. Stay informed in knowledge and conscience.

Rembrandt van Rijn's "Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee," painted in 1633. Oil on canvas, 160 x 128 cm (63 x 50 3/8 in.) (Courtesy Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)
Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee (1633) by Rembrandt van Rijn

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