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Apr. 15
2015
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Christ gives us a new beginning.  Christ forgives us, Christ saves us.  Pray to Him, ask Him, and He will show you.

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Tags: Adoration, confession, easter, forgiveness, jesus christ, Poke, Pray, prayer, resurrection, Thomas
Apr. 14
2015
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You are running late.  Traffic is bad....really bad.  Someone cuts you off and you almost crash into them.  How do you react?  Hopefully the words that you mumble under your breath are those of forgiveness and love.

 

In the 2002 movie, Changing Lanes, staring Ben Affleck and Samuel L Jackson, this exact situation is explored. Gavin Banek (Affleck) is a young, brash attorney who is on his way to court to defend his firm in an estate case. Doyle Gipson (Jackson) is a recovering alcoholic and life insurance salesman, who is on his way to court to fight for custody of his two sons. In their rush to get to the courthouse, the two collide, destroying Gipson's car. Banek refuses to exchange insurance information, as he is in a hurry to get to court; rather, he tries to pay...

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Tags: Anger, Ben Affleck, Changing Lanes, Pride, Samuel L Jackson
Apr. 09
2015
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Baseball has had countless moments of redemption over its storied 139 year history, ever since the senior circuit (the NL) officially came into existence. There’s Josh Hamilton, the former blue-chip prospect then drug-riddled, washed-up failure, turned sober, Christian, AL MVP (who, like anyone in his condition, has had his ups and downs). Or, David Freese who dropped a critical pop-up in Game 6 of the World Series, then, down to his (and the Cardinals) last strike, delivered a two run game-tying triple in bottom of the 9th and the walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 11th. Look at all the worst to first teams in MLB...

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Tags: baseball, christ, New Life, redemption, trinity
Apr. 07
2015
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In Mark 10:46-52, the blind man Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus.  Jesus sends disciples to call the blind man over to him.  “Take courage,” they tell him.  “Get up.  He is calling you.”

 

Bartimaeus is called to follow Christ, as are we.  Bartimaeus then exemplifies three types of courage needed to follow our Lord.

 

First, in verse 50, the blind man “threw aside his cloak.”  He did not lay down his cloak; he threw it aside, an especially active verb.  As a poor man, that cloak was his most valued possession, perhaps his only possession.  Yet when the Lord called him, he immediately threw it away without pause.  Bartimaeus has the courage to let go—even throw away—his attachment to worldly things that get in the way.  Wealth, social status, accomplishments.  These are all attachment that could hold us back from running to the Lord when He...

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Tags: call, courage, detachment, disciple, jesus, vocation
Apr. 03
2015
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The Gospel has the power to take our sins away.

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Apr. 02
2015
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New York occupies a curious place in the canon of Taylor Swift. We first find her there in “Never Grow Up,” a soft, somber song about the pain of growing up. With “Welcome to New York” we encounter the Taylor Swift on the pitching end of “Mean” proud of the uncertain cityscape before her, confident, and importantly excited to grow.

 

Her New York is a vocational greenspace, of sorts. “Its been waiting for you” all along, yet you just had to find the courage to pitch a tent away from the tyranny of adolescence and inertia. The New York she speaks of is formative. In a sense, it is like the desert we celebrate, contemplate, and attempt to live this Lenten season.


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Tags: Church, lent, Taylor Swift
Apr. 01
2015
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It's no surprise that Ferguson and the wider St. Louis community have been the center of attention for the nation these last eight months with the unceasing racial tensions and gun violence. Archbishop Carlson desired that the Archdiocese of St. Louis respond with a prayerful presence by hosting a monthly prayer vigil for peace, justice, and charity, called "Faith in Ferguson." Three weeks ago on Tuesday, March 10th, Br. Nicholas and I had the privilege to attend a prayer vigil which featured a reflection given by Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, FSM. Sr. Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mercy, was one of many sisters that marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma fifty years ago to advocate the passing of the Voting Rights Act.

 

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Tags: civil rights, Ferguson, Isaiah 55, justice, mercy, national catholic sisters week
Mar. 31
2015
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Today's Gospel reading tells us of the betrayal of Jesus (John 13:21-33).

 

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant. One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side. So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant. He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly”... So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night....

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Tags: betrayal, gesualdo, holy week, judas, last supper, pomerium, tenebrae
Mar. 29
2015
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Throughout Holy Week God reminds us of his self-emptying love: both in becoming one of us and embracing the Cross. It is through this love that the Lord transforms all things so that every knee may bend at his name and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! 

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Tags: holy week, jesus christ, Philippians 2:6-11, Philippians hymn, Self-emptying love, The Cross
Mar. 28
2015
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When we think of Jesus, when we pray to Jesus, do we think of Christ crucified? Can we contemplate the face of Christ crucified?

 

When we recorded this, the reading of the Scripture passage -- Isaiah 50:4-7 -- was left out:

The Lord GOD has given me / a well-trained tongue, / that I might know how to speak to the weary / a word that will rouse them. / Morning after morning / he opens my ear that I may hear; / and I have not rebelled, / have not turned back. / I gave my back to those who beat me, / my cheeks to those who  / lucked my beard; / my face I did not shield / from buffets and spitting.

The Lord GOD is my help, / therefore I am not disgraced; / I have set my face like flint, / knowing that I shall not be put to shame.

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Tags: contemplation, Crucifed, Crucify, face, isaiah, passion, Passiontide

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