Spirituality

  • "Jesus calls us to a model of justice which restores the broken victim to a state of relative wholeness, and the one who breaches the boundaries of another to a state of responsible atonement and of reconciliation."

  • "For the time being at least, it is safe to give God the total credit for all living things,---plants, shrubs ,trees. Insects, ants in their millions, animals on land, in the sea, in the air, and even human beings. "

  • November is a time when we remember our dead in a special way. With death comes grief. Robert Czerny writes about what his family found that made their grief "a bit more stable, manageable."

  • "There is this nagging question at the back of my head. What role does my religion, my faith have in my secular life? What does it even mean to be Catholic today? "

  • "I believe there is a deep desire amongst young people to commit themselves to a cause often amidst a cultural context within which there is ingrained hopelessness despair and hedonism."

  • "Watching for signs might be attributed to the Sacrament of Confirmation, when the Holy Spirit brings us that wisdom and understanding that will help us with discernment, if we pay attention and listen."

  • "Incorporated into the Jesuit vow formula which is also the vow formula I professed as a young member of my own congregation is a particular focus which is of vital significance in the mission of both religious bodies. It is what we call the ‘care of youth’."

  • "There are still many of us who strive to produce the kingdom’s fruit. Please, God, give us the very much-needed guidance to know how."

  • " . . the church continues to prefer the burial of human remains. Still, the Church permits cremation as a valid option but argues against the scattering of ashes or keeping cremated remains at home."

  • " Why should we strive for the Magis, the more, the greater? Out of duty? Because we owe it to mankind, to God, to those deserving? to those undeserving?  Is the Magis tied to success? Does it mean perfection? Where does it get us? Then what if we fail?"

  • "Mass should be integral to our lives, not preserved somewhere separate. This guides me as a liturgical musician. I want to help the Mass to be an occasion of dialogue among the three essential dimensions of worship, community and action."

  • "A while back, I had reflected on Reading the Bible through a Green Lens by Calvin B. DeWitt. My reading on environmental issues had been from a secular perspective and I wanted to approach this topic from a biblical/spiritual perspective. What follows is my personal reflection on this article."

  • This traditional English porter is named for the great doctor of the church, Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109). He is best known as the Archbishop of Canterbury. His time as Primate of the English church was as stormy as the climate of the British Isle itself.

  • "The recently published circular letter, “On the bread and wine for the Eucharist” sent to diocesan bishops at the request of Pope Francis drew worldwide attention by urging bishops to be wary of “gluten-free” hosts . . "

  • ""Remember the end of your life." . . . The advice from Sirach goes on and is relevant for the forgiveness that scripture reminds us of today."

  • "A while back, I had reflected on Reading the Bible through a Green Lens by Calvin B. DeWitt. My reading on environmental issues had been from a secular perspective and I wanted to approach this topic from a biblical/spiritual perspective. What follows is my personal reflection on this article."

  • Jean Bertin St Louis looks at the historical and political context of Isaiah's prophecy o 'Immanuel."

  • In a follow up to his post - Best Retreat Ever. Part One (posted 6/22/17) - Paul Robson,SJ writes about receiving God's grace at a moment of the retreat.

  • "Scripture today offers some wisdom for our reflection. Psalm 95 reminds us, "Do not harden your hearts!" Hardened hearts! Think of the Grinch who stole Christmas. And Easter! And joy and peace!"

  • "To be a window for Christ means having the freedom to allow Christ to be visible through me.  Christ will be my actions and my words.  I trust the Holy Spirit to shine through me."

  • "Jesus told his disciples to take nothing for the journey, to travel light. This begs the question, “When does the tourist become a pilgrim?” The answer is so appropriate – when you lose your luggage. Bishop Robert Barron invites us all to become detached from wealth, pleasure, power and honor. St.

  • "The Prophet Jeremiah: "If I say, 'I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,' then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones: I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot."

  • In 1992, Pope John Paul II authorized a new Catechism of the Catholic Church . . . This series will try to explain various teachings of the Catechism in a simple way that hopefully will be easily understood .

  • In June 2017, Joe Simmons, SJ was ordained a priest, He shared his thoughts one week before ordination. Reposted from The Jesuit Post.

  • "I'm more concerned about the question of personal commitment on the part of the believer. The scholars can discuss who Jesus is. But, as a person who helps people to actually pray, I hope that the pray-ers can make a personal connection between the life of Jesus and how we actually live our lives."

  • In 1992, Pope John Paul II authorized a new Catechism of the Catholic Church . . . This series will try to explain various teachings of the Catechism in a simple way that hopefully will be easily understood .

  • Our experience of God's grace is not always overwhelming. It often comes to us in scraps and crumbs, rather than neat and tidy slices. . .. I'm sure that the elements that we bring to our prayer in an examen are scraps and crumbs from the day."

  • In 1992, Pope John Paul II authorized a new Catechism of the Catholic Church . . . This series will try to explain various teachings of the Catechism in a simple way that hopefully will be easily understood .

  • "A natural question is about how we expect God to appear to us. My experience is that God usually surprises us. God will not announce God-self and draw arrows and offer bright lights to say, look here. It is me, God. We have to discern. We must ponder the prayer experience in the context of life and

  • In 1992, Pope John Paul II authorized a new Catechism of the Catholic Church . . . This series will try to explain various teachings of the Catechism in a simple way that hopefully will be easily understood .

  • St. Bonaventure University "(then a college) is where Merton taught for several terms all the while struggling with the path he might take. Poet? Professor? Volunteer at Catherine de Hueck Doherty's Friendship House in Harlem? Join a religious order? Become a Franciscan?"

  • In 1992, Pope John Paul II authorized a new Catechism of the Catholic Church . . . This series will try to explain various teachings of the Catechism in a simple way that hopefully will be easily understood .

  • In 1992, Pope John Paul II authorized a new Catechism of the Catholic Church . . . This series will try to explain various teachings of the Catechism in a simple way that hopefully will be easily understood .

  • We are forever searching for the immediate solution to our personal and social woes. We are not stupid, so we know that there are not usually instant solutions that can be fully trusted. But we live in hope.

  • In 1992, Pope John Paul II authorized a new Catechism of the Catholic Church . . . This series will try to explain various teachings of the Catechism in a simple way that hopefully will be easily understood .

  • Coming from his recent retreat in Combermere, Eric Jensen, SJ shares his refections on life, death and love.

  • The Dispossessed is a novel that brings to mind St. Ignatius' "Contemplation to Gain Love."

  • In 1992, Pope John Paul II authorized a new Catechism of the Catholic Church . . . This series will try to explain various teachings of the Catechism in a simple way that hopefully will be easily understood .

  • A celebration of our humanity. As St. Ireneus wrote: "The glory of God is humanity fully alive."

  • This is the final article of the series which has looked at the New Catechism.

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