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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,...

DOG DAYS

We are in the midst of those days (typically, but not universally, from mid-July through August) which we might think were named for our being “dog-tired,” mostly because of the humidity that piles on top of the heat.  But no, that would be too simple (and too...

THE CHURCH: “DIVERSE” IN A DIFFERENT WAY

Saints commemorated this week include a wide variety:  clergy and laity, royalty and well-to-do, 1st century through 20th century.  Who are they, and what can they collectively teach us? Question #1 is easy:  Clare, founder of the Poor Clares (the “2nd...

ANOTHER HERO??

This is not my last hero—just the last one I’ll be writing about in any detail.  He is St Thomas More, A Man For All Seasons.           I learned about More early on in childhood, reading lives of the saints, but my...

STILL MORE HEROES…

Again, this is no surprise:  my next hero is St Ignatius Loyola (happily, his feast-day is this coming Wednesday, 31 July).  But my attachment to Ignatius is qualitatively different from the attachment I have to St Francis of Assisi....

MORE HEROES

I recently wrote about my primary theological and religious hero, John Henry (Cardinal) Newman.  And I observed that I regard him even higher than another “hero,” C S Lewis.  But you probably know I have other “heroes,” and I’d like to tell you about some of...