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Post date: 01/18/2019
This Sunday’s Gospel takes us to the wedding feast at Cana. John writes that Mary, Jesus and his disciples were invited to this wedding.  Did the bride and groom understand how important it was that Jesus was on the guest list? Did they have any clue how great a blessing this poor carpenter and his mother would be to their wedding? Jesus enters...
Post date: 01/18/2019
How should we start a new calendar year in our discussion of prayer? How better than by looking at how Jesus prayed while on earth?  Jesus prayed as a man, being fully human. He gave us an example to follow. But he also prayed as God the Son, addressing his prayers to the Father. In the life of the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit...
Post date: 01/04/2019
As a child – and even now as an adult – my favorite pieces in every Nativity scene are the Three Kings with all their retinue. They add an exotic and exciting element to that lowly manger with their bright colors; their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh; and all their camels, horses and elephants. It is as if the silent night of the Christmas...
Post date: 01/04/2019
Christmas Day is over. Perhaps you are already looking back with a sigh, wishing you could prolong it. Well, you can! The liturgical season of Christmas goes through Jan. 13 this year. But you don’t have to stop there. You can extend the grace of Christmas to the entire year.  There was no room for the Holy Family in the inn, but you can make a...
Post date: 12/21/2018
In my last column, I talked about being recollected at the beginning of prayer and practicing recollection throughout the day. Today I’d like to focus on the stage of prayer that is known as acquired recollection, following the teaching of St. Teresa of Avila. Acquired recollection (as a stage) is a simplified meditation that is experienced by...
Post date: 12/21/2018
Each year in the Advent readings, we are reacquainted with several Old Testament figures and prophecies plus New Testament figures such as Joseph, John the Baptist, Zechariah and Elizabeth. But on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the church always saves the best for last by presenting to us the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the preeminent example...
Post date: 12/06/2018
On this Second Sunday of Advent, we hear from Baruch, a scribe of the great prophet Jeremiah, who witnessed the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem and sought to encourage the exiled children of Israel.  The political and cultural shifts of the time caused many to forget their identity as a people set apart by God and chosen for a particular purpose....
Post date: 12/06/2018
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? St. Teresa of Avila speaks of two kinds of recollection. One is natural, the other is supernatural. Natural, or acquired, recollection is...
Post date: 12/06/2018
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. Years ago Pius Parsch, in his monumental five-volume work “The Church’s Year of Grace,” drew a brilliant parallel between the two primary phases of the church...
Post date: 11/16/2018
Former Trappist Abbot Father Thomas Keating passed away Oct. 25. Father Keating was the primary architect of the centering prayer movement, which has thousands of adherents throughout the world. From the beginning, centering prayer has been surrounded by controversy. What is centering prayer? Is it in keeping with the Catholic tradition? Should...

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