Posts Tagged ‘Faith & Current Events’

“Without our traditions our lives would be as shaky as a Fiddler on the Roof.” A Meditation on the Loss and Recovery of Tradition.

When I was a young man, a teenager really, I did the usual crazy stuff of the early, 70s, long hair, bell bottoms, wide ties, crazy plaids, shirt open at least least three buttons, and of course, rock-n-roll. But, through it all I had this love for older things. I think it had something to […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Day in the Life of the Church: A Meditation on How the Lord Still walks this Earth in His Mystical Body

Many Catholics seldom think past their own parish when the consider the Church. And yet the Catholic World is huge and quite vibrant: 1.2 Billion Catholics in the World. 412,236 Priests 721,935 Religious Sisters 221,055 Parishes 92,847 Catholic Elementary Schools with 31 million students. 43,591 Catholic Secondary Schools with 17 Million Students [*] 117,000 health […] Read the rest of this entry »

Thinking About Thinking – A Reflection on some of the Modern Pitfalls and Logical Fallacies that Hinder Us

A lot of breakdown in modern communication comes down to logical fallacies and cognitive distortions that have us talking past each other. Perhaps, as the new year draws near, we might spend a little time reflecting and “thinking about our thinking.” All of us fall into these traps. I have spoken before on the blog […] Read the rest of this entry »

No One Goes Away From Jesus Unchanged, As Seen on TV

The video below is a Coca Cola commercial from about five years ago that takes up the Christmas theme of the star of Christmas. Let us review the impact that Star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves. It made them look out and […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Meditation on the Bloody Octave of Christmas

Many are shocked to walk into daily Mass on December 26 and instead of hearing more of the “Baby Jesus” we are confronted with Martyrdom, “The Feast of Stephen” is ancient on the Church’s calendar. More ancient than the Christmas cycle and hence it was not removed to another time. Bu the martyrdom does not […] Read the rest of this entry »

Some Paradoxes of Christmas

In the ancient Church, and until rather recently, we genuflected at the two references to the incarnation in the Mass: at the Creed and at the Last Gospel (John 1). Why did we do this? It was explained to me that the mystery was so deep that one could only fall in silent reverence. There […] Read the rest of this entry »

Why is the Christmas Feast Celebrated Largely at Night?

O Holy night! Yes, a silent night! and, it came upon a midnight clear. Christmas, it would seem, is a festival of the mid night. Jesus is born when it is dark, dark midnight. We are sure of it. And why not? Even though we are not told the exact hour of his birth we […] Read the rest of this entry »

Will God Still Be Able to Find Me? A Meditation based on an endearing Christmas Commercial

Children often have problems with generalization and conceptualization. For example, when I was very young I was told that Jesus lived in the tabernacle. Fine I thought, then that must mean there is furniture and stuff in there. So when the priest opened the tabernacle up on the high altar, I earnestly looked for the […] Read the rest of this entry »

Rude and Uninformed. A reflection on a recent billboard campaign by Atheist Humanists

I was asked by the Young Adult group in my parish to address some ads on our local buses and subway trains here in Washington. The members of the Young adult group found the ads offensive and troubling, especially since they were aimed at kids. The ads are posted by the American “Humanist” Association (AHA) […] Read the rest of this entry »

On the Virtue of Holy Silence Before the Mysteries of God. A Meditation on the Silence Imposed on Zechariah

The Gospel of December 19th features the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth and the conception of John the Baptist. And while there are certainly many teachings to be drawn from this passage, there is perhaps some value to focus for a moment on the imposition of silence made upon Zechariah. This aspect of the story […] Read the rest of this entry »

On the Tender Motherhood of Mary, Mother of God and my Mother Too

As the feast of Christmas approaches some reflection on the Motherhood of Mary seems appropriate. As mother to Jesus she has carried him in her womb some nine months now, and the time approaches when she will give birth to him, will show him to the world. In this, she is not only his mother, […] Read the rest of this entry »

Walking to Bethlehem with the Holy Family

As Christmas approaches, we might ponder the holy that the Holy Family were making a journey, not to some shopping mall, but South to Bethlehem. In the brief reflection that follows, I take liberties and combine imagination with known facts and the cultural context of the time. But in your mind’s eye see a couple […] Read the rest of this entry »