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WHY?

WHY?  Many questions come to me in the course of a week or a month.  Sometimes I actually have a good answer—not always, unfortunately (if a “good answer” is one that truly satisfies the questioner).  But at Our Savior church there is a perennial question—one I was...

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WHAT MORE, O LORD?

WHAT MORE, O LORD?  [Author’s note:  this Tuesday is the Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola...] This was the great question that St Ignatius Loyola constantly presented to himself (and so to his followers in what became the Society of Jesus).  The Latin word is magis—...

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WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH FEAR AND SADNESS?

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH FEAR AND SADNESS?           The Gospel today reflects on Jesus’ withdrawal to a deserted place (NOT necessarily the Sahara desert; just where no one was living).  He pities the people who follow Him, and He teaches them.  It is a fine prelude...

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FAN MAIL

FAN MAIL             It’s happened three times, now, in the last 2-3 months.  I get postcards (always hand printed and always unsigned) explaining where and why Catholics are “disobeying the Saviour [sic]…”   The postcard is of an adobe village in New Mexico; the card...

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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...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...