Whisked Along in Love

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: 9-10-17 Peace be with You, This weekend brings several of the themes we have been exploring as of late to new depth, doing so in the fashion of providing more detail.  Specifically, our focus for today will play directly into what it means to be a member of the Body of Christ, the instrument of God’s forgiving love in the world, as we spoke of two weekends ago.  Moreover, it is also connected to the idea that we find our truest identity only in Christ,...
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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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The School of Happiness-Part 2

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 2-26-17 Peace be with You, Today is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time which we will celebrate prior to beginning the Season of Lent this coming Wednesday with the celebration of Ash Wednesday.  The Season of Lent is traditionally a time of fasting, almsgiving and increased prayer, the aim of which is to provide us with the opportunity to have a more intense encounter with Jesus Christ in order that we might deepen our union with him and thereby make serious s...
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The School of Happiness-Part 1

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: 2-19-17 Peace be with You, The last several weekends have found us making our way through the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount.  And as we have made our way along, we have ever kept in mind that he who proclaims these words to us is the very Word of God himself, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came into existence (John 1:1-3; cf. Colossians 1:16).  Having firm trust, then, that he who speaks is God from God and true Light from true Light, we have sought to ...
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The Fabric of Happiness

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time: 2-12-17 Peace be with You, Over the last couple of weekends we have been exploring the understanding of Jesus Christ, the Son of God incarnate, as the Light of the world.  Moreover, we have been deepening our understanding of what it means for us to be participants in and bearers of the Light that is Christ.  Three weekends ago we saw that to say Christ is the Light is to say that he is the Truth, the metaphor of light functioning as a means of communicating ...
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Climbing the Ladder of Beatitude

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 1-29-17 Peace be with You, This weekend our readings invite us to pick up right where we left off our lesson as to how we are to live in imitation of the Lamb of God.  But first let’s recall what we have learned over the past couple of Sundays.  To begin, two weeks ago, we found that as individuals created through the Son in imago Dei, it is in accordance with our nature to respond to the gift of life eucharistically, i.e. with a disposition of thanksgiving ...
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A Glimpse of Happiness

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-30-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend, in the Parable of the Pharisees and the Tax Collector, we saw that we can do what it is that God calls us to do, i.e. be forgiving, generous, etc., and still be far from who it is that we are called to be if we do it for the wrong reasons.  That is, if we live the sort of life that the Bible calls us to in order to build ourselves up, both in our own minds and in the minds of others, then we have gone far from ...
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The Prayer of the Exalted

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-23-16 Peace be with You, Over the course of the last several weeks we have been receiving an education on the complex dynamics that surround our lives.  We have been called to imitate the Love which has brought us into being by being charitable to one another (e.g. the parables of the dishonest steward and Lazarus and the rich man) recognizing our reflective nature as creatures possessing the imago Dei.  Moreover, we have been asked to recognize our ra...
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