Something to Chew On!

Judges 15:16
And Samson said,
“With the jawbone of an ass,
heaps upon heaps,
with the jawbone of an ass
have I slain a thousand men.”

Today’s verse is one of those ones which has something of a double meaning. Samson slew a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. But, truth be told, millions have died because of the jawbones of asses like Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. In our own country, the jawbones of numerous asses flap in the breeze and justify the heaps upon heaps of babies killed through abortion and the souls destroyed by hedonism, consumerism, and the culture of death. The jawbone, far more than any other bone in the body has the capacity to kill not only the body but the soul as well. Today, let us take a little time to ask the Lord how best to employ our jawbones.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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    Dear Mark,

    Your daily writtings keep me focused on the good word. Thank you for the gift you share with so many. You are very talented.

    God Bless,

    Dave Gonzales

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    Dear Mark,
    I lost your daily readings when Catholic Exchange did its update. I had to redue my pass word to get the daily reading. I was “lost” with out it.
    Joe Eleshuk

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    Hi Mark,

    I’ve read the “words of encouragement” for several years now and your words are often filled with the holy spirit, are positive & uplifting, and make me think about the state of my soul. My life occasionally has periods of negativity and there have been many times that the “words of encouragement” has really made a difference in my day.