Gospel Reflection for Wednesday, First Week of Advent

“At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.” (Matthew 15:29)   When was the last time you walked by the sea, went up on a mountain, or simply sat? All too frequently, our lives, particularly around the holidays, are spent running around in the concrete blocks that are the mall, spent under flourescent lights at the office, and stretching ourselves thin to visit with family and friends, because these are Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Wednesday, First Week of Advent

Good Friday: Commending our Spirits

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Good Friday. How can we call this day “good”? The red glows with the blood of Christ and the austere Church reflects the emptiness felt by the death of a friend. We enter in silence, as the clergy prostrate, a sign of supreme reverence, ultimate humility and willful submission to He who submitted his life to conquer mortality. Once again we hear the passion of Christ, as on Palm Sunday. Listening to the Gospel according to John, we take in Continue reading Good Friday: Commending our Spirits

How to Pray the Rosary

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This article, the second in a six article series, focuses on how to pray the rosary. If you missed the previous post, an introduction to the rosary, you will find it here. The remaining articles in this series will focus on the four sets of mysteries of the rosary. Preparing to Pray the Rosary As I mentioned in the previous post in this series, to pray the rosary is an exercise in contemplative prayer. To engage in contemplative prayer with Continue reading How to Pray the Rosary

Meaningful Dialogue & the Myth of the Vatican

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The Vatican is a myth. That’s the first lesson to be learned from John Allen‘s book All the Pope’s Men: The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks. To be clear, there is a small city-state completely surrounded by Italy and recognized as Vatican City. That part is real. There are also Vatican gardens and museums. But to assert that there is a monolithic entity known as “the Vatican” that represents one point of view is to tell an untruth. Continue reading Meaningful Dialogue & the Myth of the Vatican

Just Shut Up Already: A Reflection on Silence

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Confession time: Sometimes I wish people would just stop talking. I secretly dream of having one day a year when no one on earth says a word. I am passionate about the issue of word pollution and how we can save our deteriorating mental environment. That being said, allow me (paradoxically) to offer some words on silence. We are all familiar with Christ’s cry: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” In Matthew and Mark’s Gospel accounts of Continue reading Just Shut Up Already: A Reflection on Silence