A Kingdom of Beauty, Part I

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-16-17 Peace be with You, There is a humble source from which all things flow, a wisdom which providentially directs and accompanies the changing of times and seasons, a love which binds all things in its embrace, making a unity of the immense diversity which colors the panorama of creation.  Such words can be uttered and accepted as something more than poetic fictionalization only through a gift of faith, for the images which fall upon the waking human ...
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Living in the Real World

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 7-9-17 Peace be with You, Last weekend, we reflected upon Christ’s desire to be identified with the human family.  The main thrust of our reflection centered upon the Church, which, as we discussed, is unlike any human organization, but is instead an organism; the living Body of Christ, of whom, through the sacred waters of baptism, we become members.  Consequently we briefly discussed how this mystery, or sacrament as the Church calls it, changes our on...
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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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Praying as Jesus Taught Us

By Tony Crescio It may not be so surprising to us that when Christians are asked (be it in survey or interview), if there is one area in their life that they struggle with or that they wish they could improve upon, many will respond with answers that relate to the topic of prayer.  For many of us, prayer can be a hard thing to wrap our minds around, and we may find ourselves asking: what is prayer really, and how am I supposed to pray?  It is refreshing, therefore, to find the disciples askin...
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