John 8: 1-11

Illustrated New Resources

  • Go and Sin No More

    by Klaus Adam
    There’s a remarkable drawing by Sister Grace Remington which captures the drama of today’s Gospel vividly. The characters are different, but the message is the same. It’s called “Mary Consoles Eve,” and the artist is envisioning what would happen if the Blessed Virgin Mary met Eve. Eve is standing before Mary with her head bowed down. Her face is crimson with shame, and you can see that she wants to look up at Mary, but she doesn’t dare. In her hand, she’s holding an apple with a bite taken out of it, a symbol of her sin. There’s a snake wrapped around her leg. It’s the Devil, who, once we’ve sinned, tries to convince us that there’s no forgiveness and that things will never change...
  • Lent 5C (2019) and Week Following

    by Elaine Ireland
    The last chapter of lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s powerful and provocative book, Just Mercy, is entitled “The Stonecatcher’s Song of Sorrow.” It addresses the privilege and the risks involved with being a person who stands between those accused and those all too willing to cast stones. An older woman Stevenson encounters at a courthouse explains that after her own grandson was murdered, she found her calling “to be here to catch some of the stones people cast at each other.” It didn’t matter to her whether the people grieving were with the victims or perpetrators. Her role was to provide compassion and support to whoever needed it...
  • Why Do We Unleash Evil Even When We Pursue the Good?

    by Terrance Klein
    The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 largely ended the terribly violent period of Irish history in the North known as “The Troubles.” For some, however, it introduced an ageless moral quandary. If evils are perpetrated to obtain a greater good, do they have any justification if the pursuit of that good is later abandoned? Consider Dolours Price. As a young woman, she participated in a peaceful protest march, whose members were brutally beaten while British officials turned a blind eye. That injustice was pivotal in her decision to join the Irish Republican Army. Dolours was arrested in the wake of the first I.R.A. bombing of London targets. She spent eight years in a British prison, enduring both a hunger strike and forced feeding, both of which nearly killed her and permanently affected her health. Moreover, during her time with the I.R.A., Dolours assisted in a number of killings—several of them were I.R.A. members adjudged to be traitors—and all of them were carried out in the name of a free and united Ireland...

Other New Resources

Recommended Resources

{Based on requests from several members (although I am reluctant to do so since my favorites may not be those of others), I am listing here some of my own favorite resources. FWIW!!]
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation

    Illustrations from the Archives
  • God Forgives Us All

    by Jerry Fuller, OMI
    ("Bud Welch was the father of 23-year-old Julie Marie Welch. Each Wednesday Bud would meet his beautiful young daughter for lunch across the street from the Murrah Building where she worked as an interpreter. But on Wednesday April 19, 1995 he didn't get to have lunch with her. Julie was a victim of the Oklahoma City bombing..." and other illustrations)
  • Jesus Forgives the Adulterous Woman

    by Jerry Fuller, OMI
    ("In his recent best seller Soul Stories, author Gary Zukav tells us about a native tribe gathered in a circle to determine the fate of a young man. The man had murdered his friend and the victim's family, overwhelmed by the tragedy sought his death in return. 'Kill him too,' they cried. Then the ancient grandfather spoke..." and other illustrations)
  • The Eyes of Compassion

    by Sil Galvan
    It was a bitter, cold evening in northern Virginia many years ago. The old man's beard was glazed by winter's frost while he waited for a ride across the river. The wait seemed endless. His body became numb and stiff from the frigid north wind. He heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves galloping along the frozen path. Anxiously, he watched as several horsemen rounded the bend. He let the first one pass by without making any effort to get his attention. Then another passed by, and another. Finally, the last rider neared the spot where the old man sat like a snow statue. As this one drew near, the old man caught the rider's eye and said, "Sir, would you mind giving an old man a ride to the other side? There doesn't appear to be a passageway by foot." Reining in his horse, the rider replied, "Sure thing. Hop aboard."...

Illustrated Resources (and Other Resources of Merit) from the Archives

  • Jesus and the Scapegoat

    by Robert Barron
    ("There is an adage that says: "What’s the one thing that two scholars can agree on? How poor the work of a third scholar is." At the local level and at the most global level we can see this same phenomenon. It was a large part of Hitler’s evil genius to exploit precisely this scapegoating mechanism. Germany of the late 1920's and 30's was a very divided and tension filled society...")
  • Illustrations

    from Biblical Studies
  • Newsflash: Jesus Is Not OK with Adultery

    by Jim Chern
    Reilly Flaherty a 28 year old guy from Brooklyn had been out at a concert when his wallet was misplaced. About 2 weeks later he received a letter in the mail with the following so-called funny letter: Dear Reilly – I found your wallet and your drivers license had your address so here’s your credit cards and other important stuff. I kept the cash because I needed weed, the metrocard because well the fare’s $2.75 now, and the wallet cause it’s kinda cool. Enjoy the rest of your day. Toodles – Anonymous...
  • Who Are You to Say Anything?

    by Jim Chern
    ("A few weeks ago, Chris Stefanick, a Catholic evangelist, author and international speaker spoke on the subject of relativism. One line that he said in his talk that really stuck with me and came to mind with this Gospel reading was 'Truth without Love is cruel, its harsh, its unapproachable. But the flip side of it is that Love without Truth is misguided, enabling, and leads to, at best, sloppy sentimentality'...")
  • Lent 5C

    by Dennis Clark
    ("As a father was putting his six-year-old to bed, he tapped the little boy's chest, 'Do you know what you have in there?' he asked. 'My guts?' responded the child. 'No,' said the dad, 'You have a piece of God in there. It's God's gift and it's inside all of us.' 'Do you have a piece of God in your heart?' asked the boy...")
  • The Creative Power of Kindness

    by John Claypool
    ("I once heard Fred Craddock tell of an experience that he had several years ago when he was teaching in Oklahoma. He’d had a very busy spring, he was worn out and tired. When the semester was over he and his wife went back to his native Tennessee and in order for them to have a time to reconnect and recharge their batteries, they took a few days to go up in the Smokey Mountains to a little town called Gatlinburg, Tennessee...")
  • *Kind Words Make Good Echoes

    by Tom Cox
    ("Particularly where people are humiliated. They’ve put everything — energy, time, and all their family’s money, into a business, and then lost it all - humiliation. Spouses are dumped, abandoned, the humiliation of being replaced. Someone is humiliated at the wrong end of a moral lapse that becomes public...")
  • *Punished by a Kiss

    by Tom Cox
    ("We don’t even know her name? Or if her life was not only defended but changed by her encounter with Jesus? There are no tears as she leaves. I like to think that years later there will be. At odd moments during the day: when she looks at her children asleep in their beds...")
  • Lent 5

    by Mary G. Durkin
    ("Once upon a time, not so very long ago, a teen-age girl became pregnant. The girl refused to name the father of the child. The people in the community, though they considered themselves to be broadminded, gossiped about her and speculated about whom the father might be...")
  • Justice Giving Way to Mercy

    by Ernest Munachi Ezeogu, CSSP
    There is a little known sidelight to the story of the woman taken in adultery. After the Pharisees drag her before Jesus for sentencing and Jesus says, 'Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her,' a stone comes flying through from the crowd...
  • Set Free By Mercy

    by Bruce Goettsche
    ("This woman didn't leave Jesus feeling she 'got away with something' she left feeling blessed beyond words. I love the words of Ken Gire in his book INTIMATE MOMENTS: 'There are no tears as she leaves. Years later there will be...")
  • Lent 5 (2007)

    by Andrew Greeley
    ("This woman didn't leave Jesus feeling she 'got away with something' she left feeling blessed beyond words. I love the words of Ken Gire in his book INTIMATE MOMENTS: 'There are no tears as she leaves. Years later there will be...")
  • Her Shame

    by Terrance Klein
    This past week The New York Times reported that women sportscasters are routinely stalked and threatened. Where does the exploitation begin? Where does it end? Andy Warhol once predicted that “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes,” but everyone enters modern mass media as an object to be manipulated, an image to be marketed, a story to be sold. Didn’t Erin Andrews realize that when she became an American sportscaster, a journalist and a “television personality”?
  • I Just Can't Imagine

    by Robin Meyers
    ("I remember once as a little boy living in Searcy, Arkansas, where my father taught at Harding College, and I was taken to the big city during the riots at Central High School that resulted from court-ordered desegregation. Etched in my mind is a scene that I will never forget..." and other illustrations)
  • Welcome Home

    by Timothy Radcliffe, OP
    ("The Desert Fathers tell the story of a brother who had committed a fault. So they called a meeting and invited Abba Moses. He refused to go. The priest sent someone to say to him, 'They are all waiting for you.' So Moses got up and set off; he took a leaky jug and filled it with water and took it with him...")
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Overcoming Isolation

    by John Standiford
    ("Three Florida teenagers have been arrested in the beating and murder of homeless men in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The beatings, which took place early in the morning on Thursday, January 12, resulted in the hospitalization of two men, and the death of a third. Video surveillance cameras on the campus of the Florida Atlantic University caught the first of the attacks against Jacques Pierre...")
  • A Chance to Start Over

    by Billy D. Strayhorn
    ("In the movie With Honors, Joe Pesci plays Simon Wilder a homeless man slowly dying from asbestos poisoning. Brendan Fraser portrays Montgomery 'Monty' Kessler, who is a student at Harvard who has reluctantly befriended Simon...")
  • Movies/Scenes Representing Redemption

    Compiled by Jenee Woodard

Other Resources from 2016 to 2018

Other Resources from 2013 to 2015

Other Resources from 2004 to 2012

Resources from the Bookstore

  • *Behold, I Am Doing a New Thing

    by Walter Burghardt, SJ, from Still Proclaiming Your Wonders
    ("One of my favorite films from the past has for title Come Back, Little Sheba. The male lead, Burt Lancaster, is a reformed alcoholic. His wife, Shirley Booth, is a devoted woman with a big heart; but she bores him endlessly by ceaselessly recalling the good old days. Remember when...?...")
  • *Lent 5C

    by Roland Faley, TOR, from Footprints on the Mountain
  • *Tracing or Erasing in the Sand

    by Robert P. Waznak, SS, from Like Fresh Bread

The Classics

Recursos en Español