Contributed on Dec 9, 2017
St. Augustine called peace “the tranquility of order.”
New Year’s Day Happy New Year. One lady said, “I will be happy this year if I can survive my daughter’s senior year of high school!” In the ancient non-Christian culture dating from around the time of Christ, people would go to oracles and soothsayers. E.g. A late-third century ...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 I read an article from a university in Santa Barbara, California, about Catholic Mass and its healing implications for the addicted person whereby the social network and group norms that prescribe patterns of perceiving, thinking, feeling, and behaving that promoted drug use are now ...read more
Contributed on Sep 5, 2018
More on Servant leadership from the examples of James and John
29B Throughout history, Christian writers like St. John Chrysostom, the archbishop of Constantinople, have noted the transformation of James and John in their growth into servant leaders; Servant Leadership involves phases: 1). Atheist or Agnostic— Servant leadership is simply another ploy by ...read more
Contributed on Aug 27, 2018
They learned to match their “I.Q. with their “I do;” if anybody wants to be first (a leader) the person has to be willing to serve all.
25B The apostles get a little seminar on servant leadership from Jesus in our Gospel today. They learned match their “I.Q. with their “I do;” if anybody wants to be first (a leader) the person has to be willing to serve all. In reality everyone is acknowledged as a leader because everyone has ...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. In the study, a psychological sense of alienation and loneliness appears to be a common experience for the addict, because the drug of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 22, 2018
Advent is a time to renew a theocentric approach in an often-anxious world.
Advent1C Welcome to this First Sunday of Advent. Today’s Readings from Luke’s Gospel is a little unsettling. In it, Christ seems to be describing the end of the world. Listen to his words: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed ...read more
Contributed on Nov 1, 2018
What needs straightening out in my life? How can I help ease the path of others?
Father Joseph Donders who lives in Washington DC tells an interesting story about going to the airport to pick up a friend who was coming to visit him from Africa. It was a cold, winter day and all the trees were bare except for a few firs and pines. This was the first time his friend ever left ...read more
Contributed on Nov 7, 2018
‘Tis the season to nurture a joyful spirit.
It’s Gaudete Sunday, ‘Tis the season to nurture a joyful spirit. To illustrate, writer Gordon McDonald tells about a Nigerian woman who is a physician at a great teaching hospital in the United States. This distinguished woman came out of the crowd to say something kind about the lecture McDonald ...read more
Contributed on Nov 8, 2018
Mary and Elizabeth offer us some insights into the disciplines and practices of the interior life.
Our Gospel on this Fourth Sunday of Advent begins with: “Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste.” This reminds me of a sign I saw outside a church this morning, “Hurry in this Sunday to beat the Christmas rush.” Mary’s visit to Elizabeth recalls the importance of spiritual ...read more