October 23, 2018

Tag - Spirituality

Walls in Spiritual Direction

I got a great “gift” the other day. My friend Bob, an IT guy, got lost using a GPS to where a group of us were meeting. Bob loves to razz people. So naturally, we spent the rest of the afternoon commenting on Bob’s sense of direction. It is what...

Missing My Mentor

One of the Gospel Canticles from the Liturgy of the Hours always makes me pause and think: “Ant. Jesus called her by name: Mary. She turned to him and said: Rabboni. Then he said to her: Do not touch me; I have not yet ascended to my Father...

The Bridge

The great mystic and visionary, St. Catherine of Siena, “Sometimes saw the holy angels serving around the altar at which the Mass was celebrated, holding in their hands a golden veil, or in company with the saints, praising and blessing God...

Your Gift to God

In 1998, the Congregation for Catholic Education and Congregation for the Clergy issued a joint declaration regarding the Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons. The document mandates that candidates for the Permanent Diaconate receive...

Our Desert Experience

While in church one day, St. Anthony of the Desert (251-356 A.D.) heard a proclamation from the Gospel of Matthew (19:21) that spoke directly to his heart: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give it to the poor.” For twenty-year...

An Interior Tug-of-War

One of my fondest memories from my college days at Holy Cross was the annual spring intramurals. While there were a variety of events, the tug-of-war had the greatest impact on my memory. The contest pitted the most brawny and surliest behemoths of...

How Do I Get There?

How do I get there from here? That question used to be part of every car trip to an unfamiliar place, at least when the wife got her way and the husband asked for directions. About twenty  years ago, a newly married couple from the parish invited me...

We Are All God’s Children

During the remainder of this month, the liturgy focuses our attention on the end times. In the Gospel (Luke 20:27-38) for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus encounters those who like to test and trap him with outlandish examples of “what...