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CORPUS DOMINI

CORPUS DOMINI           Even though we refer to this Sunday as Corpus Christi, much of the rest of the world (including Rome) knows it as Corpus Domini, the Body of the Lord.  But it’s pretty well the same thing, after all.          In fact, much of the rest of the...

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OUR SENSES’ NEEDS

OUR SENSES’ NEEDS   This past week Deacon Norman and I co-officiated at a graveside service for Mrs Margaret Horton.  We’d been praying for her for several weeks as she was battling Stage IV cancer.  I visited her several times and found her to be a wonderfully...

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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,...

JOHN HENRY (CARDINAL) NEWMAN

Folks by now know that even more than C S Lewis, John Henry Newman is my spiritual and theological and ecclesial (= “church-conscious”) hero.  Finally, he is to be formally canonized as a saint.  My big question is whether or not he will also be declared (as...

“I CONFESS TO ALMIGHTY GOD…

…to Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to St Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the saints…that I have sinned…” This is how the “old form” of the Confiteor (“I confess”) began.  Back then, we touched...

EUCHARISTIC FAITH: IS IT POSSIBLE?

It’s incredible, and honestly it’s disrespectful of the Lord:  God’s true and real Presence in that wafer and in that sip of “the fruit of the vine”?  Who can believe this? Yet, excluding debates in the 11th-12th centuries about the “how” of the Eucharist,...

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...