BREATHING WITH BOTH LUNGS

The title of this essay was referred to a few weeks ago in my homily.  It reflects the passion of Pope St John Paul II to bring unity to the two great Churches of the Latin West and the Orthodox East.  Why hasn’t it happened? The split occurred over a period of...

MY TIME (AGAIN) IN ITALY

So I’ve headed off again to Italy (no surprise, right?).  What are the expectations of my journey?  Let me just say that I have discussed this with my spiritual director/confessor, and his comment to me was, “You always do the same things; you are so predictable!”  I...

PRAY ALWAYS; PRAY ALL WAYS

St Paul advocated praying constantly or always a number of times in his letters.  The classic quote is from I Thessalonians 5:16:  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing…”  But he reminds the Colossians pretty well the same thing:  “Persevere in prayer, being watchful...

THE IMPORTANCE OF ST THOMAS AQUINAS

Monday is the Memorial of the “Angelic Doctor,” the Dominican scholar Thomas Aquinas.  He lived for 50 years (1224-1274), dying in southern Italy while on his way to an ecumenical council that hoped to reunite the Eastern and Western Churches.  His presence at that...

UNITY, DREAMS, AND LIFE

We have just begun the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January).    Monday, 21 January, our country marks the birthday of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.  The day after is set aside for prayer and penance in the hopes of ending both the legalization of abortion...