|A friend indeed|
|Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015|
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Many of my co-workers at the Pastoral Center have come and gone throughout the years. Generally, we honor their time with us by having a small gathering. Some of them have become good friends during our time together. Before they leave we often express our determination not to let our friendship wane. In the beginning, we meet for lunch, call one another and email. Then, sometimes suddenly, we realize that weeks have passed and we have not communicated. Our friendship flourishes again if one of us becomes ill or we encounter other problems. It seems easier to find a friend to share our hardships than it is to find someone to share the glad moments. “A friend in need is a friend indeed,” might account for that phenomenon.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
|Love, tolerance, and making distinctions like Aquinas|
Recently, I wrote a piece on Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn Jenner. I argued that the manner in which Jenner spoke of the transition reflected a Gnostic anthropology, which is repugnant to a biblical view of the human being. I didn’t say a word about Jenner personally; I urged no violence. I didn’t question motives. I simply made an observation that the moral and spiritual context for transgenderism is, from a classically Christian standpoint, problematic.|
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
|When we do God's will in our marriages, we understand humility|
One of the worst movie lines of all time is, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." On the contrary, our faith as married couples should encourage us to seek God’s mercy and forgiveness on a regular basis, to come before him and say with King David, “My offenses, truly I know them. My sin is always before me, against you, you alone have I sinned. What is evil in your sight, I have done.” Armed with the weapons of prayer and fasting we rend our hearts, turning back to our gracious and merciful God to show Him our dedication, love, and devotion.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
|The Eucharist is food for the journey|
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015|
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Elijah repaired God’s altar on Mount Carmel, which had fallen apart from disuse and neglect, and brought the people from the worship of Baal to God. This did not please Queen Jezebel who promised to have him killed. Elijah fled. Tiring, he sat down under a broom tree, prayed he would die and then fell asleep. While he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him to get up and eat. Elijah ate and drank and fell asleep once more. Again the angel awakened him and Elijah ate and drank and traveled another 40 days and nights until he reached Mount Horeb, where God gave Moses the 10 Commandments.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
|Find your integrity in the Lord|
July 19, 2015|
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The New American Bible speaks of God as “the Lord our justice.” The Jerusalem Bible translation refers to God as "the Lord-our-integrity." Together, the two translations provide a good description of what should be God's place within our lives. He is the One who holds our doing and our being together. He is the One helps us make sense of what might otherwise seem without meaning. Our prayer life helps us form ourselves in God's image and achieve that inner integrity that gives us peace.
|And he began to teach|
Sunday, July 5, 2015|
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, has already been acknowledged as the most significant papal document of recent times. Nonetheless, there are still people, even Catholics, who do not accept it. They cannot believe that a religious leader can speak such a profound scientific message to the world. Just as those who were astonished at Jesus’ teaching thought they knew what to expect of a carpenter and the son of Mary.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
|Fear not, Jesus is with us|
Sunday, June 21, 2015|
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
As a child, I do not recall having ever been afraid. I was totally certain that if my father was not nearby, my brothers would protect me. It never occurred to me that there were forces over which they would have no power. Bad things happened to other people but not to me…or so I thought. In the best of all worlds, that is the way it should be. Children should be protected until they can protect themselves. But this is not the best of all worlds and too soon we learn about the evils that cannot be controlled. Perhaps that is when we learn to fear.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
|Called to be poured out for others|
Sunday, June 7, 2015|
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
As a little girl in a Catholic school, I attended Mass every day. The focal point—of course—was that walk up the aisle to receive Jesus. When I received my first Holy Communion, I knew what all Catholic children are taught even today — this is truly Jesus that we receive. Like many children my age, I thought the rest of Holy Mass was simply a preparation for Communion.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
|In the desert or on the mountain, see only him|
March 16, 2014 |
Second Sunday of Lent
Growing up Catholic, I took my faith for granted. I learned the tenets of the Catholic faith and professed the Creed at an early age. In retrospect, I realize that what my head knew when I was young my heart had not yet realized. All that has changed. Even though I cannot point to a specific moment of conversion, I think I know what it means to say “Jesus is Lord.”
Thursday, March 13, 2014
|We move toward the resurrection|
Sunday, March 9, 2014|
First Sunday of Lent
Most of us move from day to day making small decisions out of a value system that we seldom examine. During Lent, we are asked to look at our lives again. We are asked to discover the temptations that we face and to consider our response in light of the great commandment.
Thursday, March 6, 2014