Category: Pope Francis
What would it be like to hear the voice of God or his emissaries? Not an intuitive prayerful dialogue and raised spiritual consciousness but an actual thundering voice or even an apparition. What lengths would you go to experience this grace if you could? What lengths would you go to deny ever having had such an experience? The Hollywood portrait above is inspiring. But … Read More the maid a novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter
Today a growing number of Jews are returning to Israel.[i] In 1948 Israel became a nation in one day and had 800,000 citizens. Now there are over 6 million Jews in Israel. Many Jews across the world feel like it is 1939 all over again. Anti-semetism is on the rise in the United States and across the world and Israel itself lives in threat of … Read More Revisiting my Jewish Ancestry in a time of Hatred (as a Catholic believer)
A sibling rivalry between half-brothers began when the youngest received his father’s birth-right and the eldest went off to a foreign land with a different blessing to prosper as well. Generations later great religions would wage holy wars claiming true authenticity to a covenant with God. To put it another way, 3.6 billion people (54% of the world’s population) belong to one of three … Read More Cousins: Immortal Enemies?
“And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 A simple calling that many of us aspire to practice in all our daily affairs. Micah is ancient, from the Old Testament, 686 B.C., telling us the importance of justice, kindness, and humility. We may secretly believe we are doing … Read More Mercy? Self-Compassion?
Seeking a greater union with God through prayer and meditation I sought out the works of Thomas Merton. This very tiny book, Spiritual Direction and Meditation, after much discourse and examination of the benefits of pray informed meditation, enough to provide a course of action and reassurance, takes aim at our human ego just after cresting the mid-way point of the book: “Knowing at … Read More Spiritual Direction and Meditation by Thomas Merton
The beginning of a new personal spiritual chapter can bring me anticipatory eagerness and anxiety. Eagerness to deepen my personal relationship to God, to enrich my faith, and to provide me needed sustenance and perseverance in the face of daily adversities. Anxiety about the time required, the demands presented, and the worthiness of the venture. Pope Francis gave a nod to Thomas Merton as … Read More The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
Pope Francis has taken steps to canonize Fatima Siblings (https://nyti.ms/2mW3nYl) according to New York Times article. Do you believe in Saints? The Devil? The Fatima Siblings had visions and drew thousands of Christians to the Village of Fatima. There is even a mystery of prophecy by Sister Lucia – the one to escape an untimely death – providing three predictions that many believe came … Read More Saints
A minor Basilica located in the heart of Philadelphia, originally built for 75,000 , now is facing a roof repair that cost upwards of 14 million dollars! It is a national historic landmark, a museum, and soon to be home of a shrine for St. Katherine Drexel (http://www.katharinedrexel.org/), and is also an active but aging parish. After mass today my wife and I … Read More Cathedral Basilica, Philadelphia
Most of us Christians do not have the resources or time to complete a pilgrimage dedicated to exploring our historical faith, visiting holy places close and far, interviewing experts on both our theology and the historical accuracy of the bible. A majority of us have the luxury of being raised in the faith which provides a solid foundation for belief, hopefully re-enforced by lived … Read More The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel
“The homeless live in virtually every city and town around the globe, representing a sixth of humanity — or about a billion souls. Like ghost, they haunt the busy thoroughfares of the world.” If you read nothing else in this post except this quote that is okay. Please contemplate and pray for these billion souls in whatever spiritual tongue you possess and cherish. Teasdale … Read More A Monk In The World: Cultivating A Spiritual Life by Wayne Teasdale
Five Hundred Years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to a Chapel Door in Wittenberg, Germany. The Catholic Church and Lutheran church have Reconciled a battle that ignited the reformation, divided the Catholic Church including the 30 years war between Protestants and Catholics (1618-48), and contributed to fractures within the Catholic Church and a splintering of the Christian faith into many denominations. … Read More October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and The Day That Changed the World by Martin E. Marty
“We interrupt this broadcast to report unprecedented dramatic events. World leaders have closed communication with the press and have unexpectedly cancelled events. The White House, Bellevue Place, Kirribilli House, Elysee Palace, Zongnaihai, Buckingham Palace, the Kremlin, and the Vatican have been confirmed by our News Agencies to have shuttered their doors and key staff retreated to interior corridors of powers.” An unprecedented notification like … Read More Advent Adventure