Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Lesson of Our First Parents: The Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Although I'm taking a few days of vacation, I still wanted to share my reflection on this Sunday's Readings, especially as we enter into the Synod on the Family on October 4.

The Creation of Eve
by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel

As Pope Francis observed in Saturday’s Festival of Families, however, “Man and woman, through the astuteness of the devil, learned to separate themselves from one another. And all the love that God gave was almost lost. In a brief period of time, the first crimes, the first fratricide, brother killed a brother; the first war.” Damage was done and the beauty and simplicity of that first relationship was lost. But that wasn’t the end of the story.

To read the full reflection, click here.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

"You Are Not Like Us": The Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Below is the link for my reflection on this Sunday's First Reading and Gospel in which I reflect on the Insider/Outsider perspective that is so prevalent in society and in the Church.

St. Anthony the Abbot

Our disdain of those who do not think like “we” do—whomever “we” may be—reminds me of a teaching of the great Desert Father, Saint Anthony: “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying, ‘You are mad—you are not like us.’” Rather than recognize and welcome diverse perspectives, experiences, and opinions, many of us dig in along the trenches of ideology, political rhetoric, or theological certainty, criticizing and excluding those who “do not follow us.” And whether it is in broader society or within the Church, many seem unwilling—even incapable—of creating spaces of hospitality and dialogue.

To read the full reflection, click here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Lights for a Waiting World": My New Book

I'm excited to announce the release of my new book, Lights for a Waiting World: Celebrating Advent With the Saints.

This small volume is published by Abbey Press Publications and includes a foreword by Bishop Robert Morneau and original prayers by Fr. Harry Hagan, O.S.B.

From the official description: "The four-week season of Advent is a time of miracles. These days have the power to transform us, if we can be open to the graces of the season. In this book, readers watch and wait for Christ’s coming with the saints, whose lives embodied so many of the Advent virtues."

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