In common speech, “recollection” means remembrance. In the prayer life, recollection refers to a specific type of remembrance – remembrance that we are in God’s presence. How can we cultivate recollection?
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The new church year began on Dec. 2, the First Sunday of Advent. Advent always has four Sundays, but is not necessarily four weeks long. It depends on which day of the week Christmas falls.
I recently came across some information on the early days of Rome. Some of us may remember Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a she-wolf but then raised by a local shepherd.
As a child, my understanding of the concept of trade was limited. Trade was something you did with baseball cards. If you were a knucklehead like me, you traded the baseball cards of your favorite athlete, Nolan Ryan, to your “girlfriend” for a handful of dimes.
“Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted” has long been one of my favorite hymns. Its tune, taken from the 16th century “Genevan Psalter,” is eminently singable. The hymn text – when not corrupted by that politically correct scoundrel, “alt.,” – is even better.
Benedictine Father Richard Thell, an Omaha native and longtime teacher at Mount Michael Benedictine School near Elkhorn, died Nov. 10. He was 72.
A funeral Mass was held in the school’s Archbishop Bergan Gymnasium Nov. 14, with interment in the Mount Michael Abbey cemetery.
Jesuit Father Matthew Creighton, who was president of Creighton University in Omaha from 1978 to 1982, died Nov. 23 in Pontiac, Mich. He was 91.
A funeral Mass was held Nov. 29 at the Colombiere Center, a Jesuit retirement community in Clarkston, Mich., with burial in the center’s cemetery.
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – West-Midwest community sponsored an immersion experience for several sisters and lay people to visit the U.S.-Mexico border and learn about the situation facing migrants seeking asylum or entry into this country.
Thirteen people made the Nov. 12-16 trip. They were hosted at the Columban
Advent Communal Reconciliation Service: Dec. 20, 7 p.m. at St. John Church on Creighton University campus, 2500 California Plz., Omaha. Parking available in the lot at the corner of 24th and Cass streets. Visit the web at stjohnscreighton.org.