A Kingdom of Beauty, Part III

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-30-17 Peace be with You, Today we hear the last of three parabolic groupings concerning the Kingdom of God.  To be sure, these parables have told us much, and yet, as we have seen over our discussions the last two Sundays, what they reveal is far exceeded by what remains hidden, for, as we have emphasized elsewhere, the Kingdom of God is ultimately a mystery.  This is important for us to keep in mind, not that we might despair over this mysterious qua...
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Finding One Another in Beauty

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: 9-4-16 Peace be with You, As we have seen the last several weeks, receiving pedagogical training from Jesus is challenging to say the very least.  At one and the same time we hear our Lord warning us of the difficulties that lie in wait for those who choose to follow him on the road he travels and of the peace and hope that a life of discipleship can bring.  The message we hear today is no less challenging, and in fact, marks a crossroads as we walk an...
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True Freedom and the Beautiful Life

By Tony Crescio   Our country is once again on the eve of the celebration of our Independence Day, a day which we rightly commemorate because of the victory won for human dignity; as freedom was gained for a people to live life according to the dictates of conscience, not the mandate of the state.  In the midst of this celebration, it would do us well to examine how we understand freedom, and how we have made use of the freedom that has been given to us. Let us begin by asking the ...
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The Gospel of Beauty

              By Tony Crescio As we celebrate the mystery of our Triune God this weekend, we are called not only to remember that this dynamic communion of Divine Persons has created all things, but also that all created things proclaim the dynamism of our God. The words of Jesus in this Sunday’s gospel reading from John, though in an obscure way, reveal the Trinity.  However, though obscure, this revelatory language is quite fitt...
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