Monthly Archives: January 2011

The religious ghetto

This is the third of a four-part reflection in response to the question: How does one raise children authentically in the Catholic Christian faith?  Last week I focused on the first of the two “ghettos” , or chasms, as Milan Kundera calls … Continue reading

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Gospel reflection – Sunday, January 30th

Zep 2:3; 12-13; 1Cor 1:26-31; Mt 5:1-12a 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time In the first reading this week, the prophet Zephaniah exhorts us to “seek the LORD.” How, exactly, does one seek God? In the second reading, Paul rules out … Continue reading

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The Secular ghetto

Part 2 of a 3 part series. (See part 1, entitled “Avoiding the ghetto”) In The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, author Milan Kundera speaks about the two chasms that line either side of the road of life.  One he … Continue reading

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Gospel reflections – Sunday, January 23rd

Isaiah 8:23-9:3; 1Cor 1:10-13, 17; Matthew 4: 12-23 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time “The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light.”  What a beautiful line found in the Isaiah reading and quoted in Matthew’s gospel!  The image … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Ghettos

Long before I wrote a piece for the Catholic Digest last June (“Keeping my kids Catholic”) I’ve thought a lot about the question of how I as a parent can provide my children with an authentic experience of the Catholic Christian … Continue reading

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On Faith

Like most Americans, I was sent reeling into a place of sadness and despair and anxiety as a result of the news coming out of Arizona over the weekend.  So there I was this past Tuesday, carrying my grief around, … Continue reading

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Scripture reflections – Sunday January 16th

Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1: 29-34 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time There was a time in the history of the Church when a common thought among the laity ran something like this:  Bishops, priests, deacons and members … Continue reading

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