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Contributed on Jul 12, 2018
Jesus’s Ephphata prayer is the opening up, the removing of the “impediment” of spiritual deafness for us. It’s an Aramaic phrase which literally means “be released.”
23B Several years ago in January the Washington Post conducted an experiment you may have heard about. The experiment involved Joshua Bell, one of the world’s greatest violinists who performed for almost all the world’s major orchestras. Joshua Bell was commissioned to play his $4,000,000 ...read more
Contributed on Jul 9, 2018
Jesus wanted to make a point that not only are his followers free from all the ritual observances of the Old Law, but he wanted to teach a little moral theology as well.
22B Mark 7:3 speaks of the Pharisees carefully washing their hands. A lot of us can remember the nuns saying ...'cleanliness is next to Godliness'. Even though the Pharisees did their many different washings as ritual purifications, it was also very hygienic. The reason why the disciples did ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2018
In the study, one person related not having a fear of death, and another related that death and resurrection are a continual process following the psychic deaths she had while in her addiction.
20B I want to continue with an article I read from a university in Santa Barbara about Catholic Mass and its healing implications for the addicted person. There is a kind of subculture of addiction that has its own rituals, an informal social network with patterns of perceiving, thinking, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 27, 2018
The Eucharist is a cause of holiness in us when worthily received because it helps prevent the relapse of sin by the strength of this soul food.
19B Like a master chef, Jesus uses food imagery when he says that the Israelites who eat manna in the desert died. The bitter flavor of this statement is contrasted by Jesus’ sweet promise that those who eat the Eucharist will live forever. The sweetness of these words is echoed the Responsorial ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2018
The real content of hope is the immortality of the self in eternal life. Spiritual hunger is a hunger within that nothing physical will ever fill. It is a longing to be connected to our Creator.
18B There is a folk saying about food that we’ve all heard, “You are what you eat,” by which what is usually meant is that your body takes on the characteristics of the food you consume. In ancient times, it was basically thought of in reverse, ‘You eat what you are.” We are immortal beings. The ...read more
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Contributed on Dec 9, 2017