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Fr. Tokarz’s reflections and thoughts while on sabbatical.

HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 6

HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 6 THE END OF THE ROAD             Sabbatical time is winding down; I’ll be “back in the saddle” Wednesday morning after Labor Day.  The break has been beneficial both in terms of additional flexibility in prayer time, in writing, and in...

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HOME THOUGHT FROM ‘HOME’ 4

HOME THOUGHT FROM ‘HOME’ 4 IS THERE ROOM…? I remember sitting in an outdoor series of benches in Jerusalem, in front of what is called the “Garden Tomb” or “Gordon’s Tomb.”  It is just outside the Damascus Gate, and it was a 19th century attempt to shift attention...

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HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 3

HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 3             I have arrived at the rectory of Most Holy Redeemer in Evergreen Park.  The journey here from the seminary in Mundelein was interesting and perhaps 45 minutes longer than it might have been, but I chose the way to arrive....

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HOME THOUGHTS FROM HOME, 3:

THE SCAPEGOAT AND THE LAMB OF GOD Being a goat may not always be a bad thing, in spite of the press it has received thanks to the famous parable of the sheep and goats at the end of Matthew 25.  Yes, goats represent those who fail to live according to the Corporal...

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HOME THOUGHTS FROM “HOME” 2

HOME THOUGHTS FROM “HOME” 2             If a sabbatical is supposed to be about renewal, and if renewal can take many forms, for me it means a time for praying, reading, writing, thinking, and a bit of golf.  Sometimes these can be structured and organized; sometimes,...

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HOME THOUGHTS FROM “HOME” 1

HOME THOUGHTS FROM “HOME” 1           As some have seen from a few Facebook pictures I’ve posted, I’m now in the Chicago area, in the northern township of Mundelein, at St Mary of the Lake Seminary.  Here are some random observations and comments from my first few...

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HOME THOUGHT ABROAD, 10

HOME THOUGHT ABROAD, 10           Evening Prayer and Adoration at San Damiano is always full, especially in summertime.  There is a “side door” through which one enters the chapel, but there is also a main door which is typically thrown open when crowds for prayer are...

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HOME THOUGHTS ABROAD, 9

HOME THOUGHTS ABROAD, 9           As I was walking down to San Damiano today for Evening Prayer and Eucharistic Adoration, I saw a number of olive trees, and they are just beginning to bear fruit.  Yes, I have seen these trees a number of times in my month here, but...

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HOME THOUGHT ABROAD, 8

HOME THOUGHT ABROAD, 8           It’s funny, but when I’m in Italy I think nothing of walking ½ mile (or even much further) for things like groceries, shopping, etc.  The major place to buy things when I was in seminary was Standa (think the Italian answer to...

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HOME THOUGHTS ABROAD, 7

HOME THOUGHTS ABROAD, 7           I believe I mentioned in an earlier essay that I’ve been reading Matthew Kelly’s Rediscovering Catholicism.  In it, he identified what he considers the three greatest fallacies (read:  heresies) of our time—individualism, hedonism,...

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