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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,...

WHO NEEDS A SECOND CHANCE

I wrote this for the Neighbor Center newsletter, but I thought it was appropriate to share with all of Our Savior parish, as well.  I hope it might motivate some of you to help out in this area of outreach, in whatever way you can.  No one expects you to do prison...

THE GOOD WIFE, THE GOOD DOCTOR, THE GOOD POPE

The first two are TV shows; the last is utterly real.  This week marks the (optional) memorial of Pope St John XXIII, “Good Pope John.” When elected, he was asked how many people worked in the Vatican.  “About half of them,” he teased.  But he also greatly increased...

ALL ARE WELCOME??

Today’s Gospel poses a serious challenge to all of us who call ourselves “Christian.”  How tempting is it for too many of us to regard ourselves as the “true believers,” relegating others to the status of marginalized, or even lost?? Jesus says today, “Whoever is not...

SERVING

This title is ambiguous (at least, I hope it is!).  What do I mean by “serving”?  Actually, since I hope it’s ambiguous, I hope it means a variety of things. This weekend we’ll be hosting a banquet for current and prospective altar servers.  There’s easy meaning #1. ...

I HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST…

The feast (solemnity, for us!) of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross sounds like a happy occasion.  The antiphon for the Office of Readings for Sunday of Week I of our Psalter is set for Psalm 1, and it says “See how the Cross of the Lord is revealed as the Tree of...