It’s not often that I get the chance to write “poetry.” It’s even less often than that, that I share what I write with others besides a spiritual director or close friend. This Fall, I had a rather unfortunate encounter which led me to a beautiful period of prayer. As I sat with the LordContinue reading “When Love Burns So Much It Hurts – a Poem”
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Will you Love your Bride?
We had the following words from Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor’s Ordination Homily in 1990 for our Catechesis and New Evangelization Class at the Seminary this week. They’re powerful, powerful words. And have been wonderful to reflect on and pray with. It’s a quick read. I encourage you to read it!
Reflections on the Border…Encountering the Traveler…Encountering Christ
“The Church does not ask for legal documentation because Christ did not ask for it before helping the stranger. She asks Are you hungry? Are you cold? Do you need shelter? She asks and she provides care. She asks and she acts. She asks and is the feet and hands of Christ…”
The Ancient Hymn of Christ the King: Laudes Regiae
Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ Commands! The ancient hymn: Laudes Regiae is sung at the Installation Mass of Popes, Coronations of the Holy Roman Emperor, etc. AND on today’s Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe It’s a beautiful text, check it out! After the text, there are a few links to differentContinue reading “The Ancient Hymn of Christ the King: Laudes Regiae”
These are the wounds I wish for Lord…
“These are the wounds I wish for Lord…” Wounds. We all have them. Some we don’t want. Others we try to hide and still others we can’t help but recall from time to time, if not every day. Wounds make us who we are. Wounds cut. They hurt. They go shallow and they go deep.Continue reading “These are the wounds I wish for Lord…”
If I don’t preach the Gospel, what can I ever hope to do?
We are bound by love, by the commission of our Baptism to proclaim Christ, crucified, resurrected, and alive to each we encounter! Here’s a great reflection on our duty as Christians from Blessed Paul VI, Pope. How have you proclaimed Christ today? Have you? What’s holding you back? Don’t wait! From a homily by BlessedContinue reading “If I don’t preach the Gospel, what can I ever hope to do?”
Christ should be manifest in our whole life: how to achieve Christian perfection
As I sit here on the shores of Lake Atitlan this morning, the Office of Readings this morning had provided another gem to chew on and mull over. From a treatise on Christian Perfection by Saint Gregory of Nyssa, bishop (PG 46, 283-286) Christ should be manifest in our whole life “The life of theContinue reading “Christ should be manifest in our whole life: how to achieve Christian perfection”
A Life Well Lived: The Radical Hospitality St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis of Assisi has been my patron saint for as long as I can remember. I have always had a devotion to him, the simple, humble aristocrat-turned beggar of Assisi. His radical ways of living have always touched deeply at my heart, as they have at so many others across the ages. Francis, wasContinue reading “A Life Well Lived: The Radical Hospitality St. Francis of Assisi”
Servants of Christ and Stewards of the Mysteries of God – A Reflection on Communion Calls
St. Paul says that we are to be regarded as “the servants of Christ and the stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor. 4:1) I’m reminded of one of the readings from the Liturgy of the Hours, I think it is from Romans, but the line says: “He whom you serve is theContinue reading “Servants of Christ and Stewards of the Mysteries of God – A Reflection on Communion Calls”
“Beauty as Criteria for Choosing Music for Catholic Worship” – My Senior Thesis
The following has been long coming, but it is my Senior Thesis on “Beauty as Criteria for Choosing Music for Catholic Worship” In it, I examine how we define beauty, beauty as a thing of God, and then how we apply beauty as Criteria for choosing the music we use in the Liturgy. This paper was inspired by my love of beauty, of music, the Liturgy, and also of my desire to post things on my blog that will help us in more closely walking the Way of Beauty. For, “if ugliness is imprisonment, beauty is a kind of liberation.”