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A Culture Without God Is Like a Ship Without a Pilot

November 29, 2017 6 Comments
A Culture Without God Is Like a Ship Without a Pilot

In the Liturgy of the Hours this week we read a remarkable attributed to St. Macarius, a bishop of the early Church. I marvel at its vivid imagery, and yet at the same time, questions arise in my mind as to the general application of the text. In effect, the text states that if the […]

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On the Loss of Humor in a Very Serious Age

October 30, 2017 1 Comment
On the Loss of Humor in a Very Serious Age

One of the more irritating and sadder characteristics of our times is that we seem to have lost our collective sense of humor. Our ability to laugh at ourselves appears to be gone, replaced by “frowny-faced” political correctness; there are seemingly endless rules about what can be said about whom, when, where, and using what […]

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Belonging Starts Here

October 20, 2017 0 Comments
Belonging Starts Here

Every Person Has Unique Gifts and Belongs as a Full and Equal Participant in the Community by Mary O’Meara As a society, there is a renewed awareness of the need to acknowledge the value of the diversity of our human family. It is encouraging to see more and more people calling for our culture to […]

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Romans 1 – Is It a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

October 17, 2017 17 Comments
Romans 1 – Is It a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

We continue to read from the Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. An inspired text, it traces out not only the current time, but also the trajectory, the end […]

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A Gentle Presence in a Threatening World

October 10, 2017 0 Comments
A Gentle Presence in a Threatening World

In a time when America can seem divided, sometimes beyond foreseeable repair, a beautiful sanctuary of unity and love can be found in the northwest reaches of our nation’s capital. A testament to the awesome power of optimism and devoted faith in Jesus, the Georgetown Visitation Monastery provides an example from which all of us […]

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On the Loss of Common Spaces in a Politicized World

September 27, 2017 3 Comments
On the Loss of Common Spaces in a Politicized World

Among the losses in our declining culture is that of “common” or shared spaces and events. In these situations, Americans could come together and enjoy some degree of unity and common purpose. Usually they involved diversions like sports, movies, or other entertaining and uniting activities. Whatever political, religious, or cultural differences, Americans could set aside […]

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The Oppressiveness of Our Times

August 23, 2017 14 Comments
The Oppressiveness of Our Times

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah was featured this week in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours. I couldn’t help but be struck by the fact that the ancient diagnosis of Israel applies to our times as well. And the people shall oppress one another, yes, every man […]

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On the Necessity of Friendship and the Loss of It In Our Times

July 18, 2017 12 Comments
On the Necessity of Friendship and the Loss of It In Our Times

One of the many troublesome aspects of the modern age is the demise of friendship. While the terms “friend” and “friendship” might be bandied about rather easily today, they do not usually mean friendship in its deeper and original sense. Rather, we use the terms to refer to acquaintances rather than friends. True friendship has […]

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