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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,...

EASTER AT LAST

So Lent is finally over, and the promises that were made just before Ash Wednesday are officially ended (most of them kept most of the time).  The discipline that made the past season worthwhile doesn’t have the “scaffolding” of the days of liturgical purple any...

WHAT DO WE SHOUT?

In the space of just a few minutes during our Liturgy of Palm Sunday we turn our chants from “Hosanna!” to “Crucify him!”  How can that happen? Perhaps we mean only one of the chants, and we “go through the motions” with the other.  Perhaps we cynically...

THE POPE SAYS THE CHURCH MUST CHANGE…

The Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit (“Christ Is Alive”), the result of the recent Synod on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment,” was published this past Tuesday.  In it, Pope Francis states: “This means humbly acknowledging that some things...

A TIME FOR JOY

It’s the middle of Lent—it’s the middle of our period of sorrow for our sins, attempts (often unsuccessful) to rein them in; it’s a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving in ways specially focused and extensive.  It’s the season of devotions that emphasize the...

DOING BATTLE

"Many try to fly away from temptations only to fall more deeply into them; for you cannot win a battle by mere flight. It is only by patience and humility that you will be strengthened against the enemy. Those who shun them outwardly and do not pull them out by the...