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THE SPECIAL MEANING OF JANUARY 25

This Monday is marked by the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul.  It also marks (among other things; more later on that) the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  There is a definite connection here—let’s explore it....

BORE-DINARY TIME??

We have moved from the celebrational seasons of Advent and Christmas to “Ordinary Time.”  This is what the official description says about it:            Besides the times of the year that have their own...

THE 4 “J’s” OF THE BAPTISM

Today’s Feast is a joy-filled one, and a very gentle and peace-filled one (to those who don’t know “the rest of the story” at this point).  It’s especially beautiful when one learns that Epiphany once marked THREE events:  the Magi, the Baptism, and the...

OUR EPIPHANIES

The word “epiphany” is a virtual transliteration from the Greek word for “revelation” or “manifestation.”  It’s not an accident that our Liturgy celebrates 3 such events in succession (and once upon a time, all on the same day):  the visit of the Magi, the...

THEIR FAMILY AND OURS

The earliest images I have had of the Holy Family came from prayer cards that were (shall we say?) idealized:  Joseph gently rocking a plane over a board, Mary sitting and knitting, Jesus playing with the wood curls Joseph was creating.  One detail still...

4 DOWN, AND “O’s” TO GO

This marks the end of 4 Sundays of Advent—we end with the promise of a Savior announced by Archangel Gabriel to Mary, foreshadowed by Nathan’s word from God to David that his descendant would indeed build a “house.”  It is put into context by St Paul who begins...

FRANCIS & ME: LAST TIME, I PROMISE!

I’m offering some reflections again from Pope Francis, in part because they resonated with my homily of a couple of weeks ago, using Fr Joseph Tetlow, SJ, as my jumping off point.  The Pope’s comments come from his “Message for the International Day of Persons...

FRATELLI TUTTI EPILOGUE

The exercise in analysis that has been the last 7 bulletin essays was based on my conviction that Pope Francis has something important to say, that he says it in ways (and in length) that puts off most folks, and that my job is to be a presenter/interpreter of his...

FRATELLI TUTTI, PART VII

I’m jumping to the end of the encyclical because I’m sure everyone is tired of me, IF you’ve been keeping up!  But there is much that is the core, at the end, to which the document has been building up.  It has to do with legitimate conflict and forgiveness....

FRATELLI TUTTI, PART VI

What is Pope Francis’ dream for our world?  It is a world engaged in and committed to “dialogue,” which means (for him) “Approaching, speaking, listening, looking at, coming to know and understand one another, and to find common ground” (#198).  Is this...