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Two Teachings on Discipleship from Jesus

July 1, 2018 2 Comments
Two Teachings on Discipleship from Jesus

In the Gospel for today (Monday of the 13thWeek of the Year) Jesus gives two teachings on discipleship. They are not easy, and they challenge us—especially those of us who live in the affluent West. Poverty– The text says, As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you […]

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Lost in Cyberspace, as Seen in a Commercial

June 29, 2018 0 Comments
Lost in Cyberspace, as Seen in a Commercial

I am not sure what to make of the commercial below. On the one hand it celebrates the many creative acts that take place behind computer screens. On the other, there’s something sadly emblematic about all the solitary figures engrossed in their PCs. Almost everyone in the commercial is alone behind his or her laptop. […]

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Where is the Dwelling of God?

June 25, 2018 7 Comments
Where is the Dwelling of God?

The following old Hasidic story was related by the late Jewish philosopher Martin Buber: “Where is the dwelling of God?” This was the question with which the Rabbi of Kotzk surprised a number of learned men who happened to be visiting him. They laughed at him: “What a thing to ask! Is not the whole […]

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Love on the Move: Of the Divine “Dance” In the Holy Trinity

May 9, 2018 2 Comments
Love on the Move: Of the Divine “Dance” In the Holy Trinity

There is a kind of tension in some of the imagery we use for God. On the one hand we call Him the “Unmoved Mover.” We also say that God is everywhere. If He is everywhere then there is nowhere for him to go, no need for Him to move because He is already there. […]

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A Less Well-Known but Essential Role of the Priest

March 1, 2018 2 Comments
A Less Well-Known but Essential Role of the Priest

There are many roles that come to mind when one thinks of a parish priest or pastor: he is to celebrate the Liturgy, to preach, to teach, and to care for the people’s pastoral needs. In the reading for Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent, Jeremiah refers to a role many of us would […]

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Before There Was an Everywhere, I AM

February 19, 2018 3 Comments
Before There Was an Everywhere, I AM

The Baltimore Catechism asked the question Where is God? The answer given was God is everywhere. While this is certainly true, it is even more true that God is beyond the concept of “where.” Everywhere is too limiting to contain God, for He transcends His creation and cannot be contained even by the “everywhere” of […]

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Our God Sits High Yet Looks Low – A Meditation on Our Smallness

October 13, 2017 1 Comment
Our God Sits High Yet Looks Low – A Meditation on Our Smallness

There is a rather humorous aspect of the story of the Tower of Babel in the Book of Genesis. You likely know the basic story, which begins with the men of that early time saying, Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make […]

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A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God

September 18, 2017 6 Comments
A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but God doesn’t seem to be in a big hurry about most things. This has been a hard lesson for me to learn. We live in a loud, fast-paced world, one of constantly “breaking news,” in which crisis and urgency are the predominant mode. Instant communication and […]

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