Monthly Archives: August 2010

Gospel reflections – Sunday, August 29th (22nd Sunday in OT)

Humility.   The book of Sirach extols it.   In the gospel, Jesus gives some practical advice about one way to express humility (take the lowest place at the table so that you may be invited to a higher place).   What exactly … Continue reading

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Catholic Characters 2

Perhaps you are familiar with this story about the great Catholic mystic, Hildegard of Bingen?  She was the mother superior of a convent somewhere around the 13th century – the salad days of the institutional church as a temporal kingdom … Continue reading

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Gospel reflection – Luke 13:22- 30 (21st Sunday in OT)

Jesus’ answer to the question, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”,  is a paradox.  “Strive to enter through the narrow gate,” he begins. These words would seem to suggest that the Kingdom of God, like the marines, is … Continue reading

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Gospel reflection – Luke 1:39-56 (Assumption of Mary)

I treasure this reading commonly known as “The Visitation” for many reasons.  For one thing, the story prominently features two women – Mary and Elizabeth.  What a refreshing change from the Patriarchal bias found all over the Bible that tends … Continue reading

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On true religion

Fr. Richard Rohr, one of my spiritual heroes, e-mails a daily meditation to his subcribers.  Today’s included a line that could, if we meditate upon it long enough, serve as a kind of purifying fire to burn away so much … Continue reading

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Gospel reflections – Luke 12:32-48 (Aug. 8th)

The readings this Sunday all have something to offer concerning the meaning of Faith.  Hebrews offers one of the most profound and beautiful descriptions of Faith found anywhere in the Bible: “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for … Continue reading

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The “gospel” according to John (Cougar Meloncamp)

I just came back from a wonderful three-day educators conference hosted by St. Mary’s Press in Winnona, Minnesota.  I wrote the following reflection at the conclusion of the conference having been greatly inspired by a presentation on the educational philosophy … Continue reading

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