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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,...

THREE IN ONE, ONE IN THREE

Helen Waddell was a mediaeval scholar who also wrote historical novels, including one about the famous 11th-12th century philosopher/theologian Peter Abelard.  Toward the end of the novel two characters are discussing Abelard’s new theological work, De Trinitate...

COME, HOLY SPIRIT—FILL THE HEARTS OF THE FAITHFUL…

…and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and we shall be re-created, and you shall renew the face of the earth. This is an ancient prayer, based in part on Psalm 104 (this weekend’s Responsorial) and in part on an ancient (8th...

RETREATS, FORMAL AND PERSONAL

I think everyone knows that the annual priests’ retreat (where I am right now) is too short! Before we are ordained (either to the diaconate—transitional or permanent —or to the priesthood) we are expected to make a 5-day retreat. Every year in seminary I went to one...

MEMORIALS AND VOWS

On this weekend we remember all those men and women military of our country who died in the course of combat:  in declared war, in “police actions,” in peace-keeping efforts (and, honestly, also those first responders who have given their lives for the sake of...

BERNARDINE OF SIENA—WHO??

St Bernardine of Siena is a figure well worth getting to know (his optional memorial is celebrated on 20 May).  Let’s do this!           He was born near Siena (no surprise) in the end of the 14th century and lived...