envy

Anatomy of Envy

Photography © by Andy Coan

Envy, one of the seven deadly sins, is different from mere jealousy – it is darker and much more dangerous.  Yet its cunning can be – and has been – defeated. The readings for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) are — Wisdom 2:17-20; Psalms 54:3-4, 5, 6-8; James 3:16–4:3; Mark 9:30-37. Recently a prominent CEO told a mixed group of […]

The Anatomy of Envy

Photography © by Andy Coan

Recently a prominent CEO told a mixed group of business leaders that, regardless of their religion, they simply had to read the Bible.  Why?  Because success in business depends not so much upon understanding financial reports as it does upon understanding people.  And when it comes to a book that reveals what makes people tick, there is none better than […]

Anatomy of Envy

Photography © by Andy Coan

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) –  Wisdom 2:17-20; Psalms 54:3-4, 5, 6-8; James 3:16–4:3; Mark 9:30-37. This series usually appears each Wednesday. Recently a prominent CEO told a mixed group of business leaders that, regardless of their religion, they simply had to read the Bible.  Why?  Because success in business […]

Confessions of a Christmas Loser

In my mind’s eye I see her: She’s the perfect Christmas woman. She is wearing an elegant ensemble with glittering gems gracing her ears. Her home is perfumed with the sumptuous scent of gingerbread men. They are stunningly shaped and hand-decorated, of course. On the mantel of this perfect woman are jaunty boughs, festooned with regal red ribbons; nearby looms […]