Transformational Grace

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I was moved by the homily of Fr. Michael Kennedy, SJ, given Thursday morning.  He was speaking on the theme of ‘life’, that walking in the presence of God is walking in the presence of the living.  He said the God of love does not want victims: by being a victim we don’t dwell in the land of the living and God’s invitation through his Son is to unconditional forgiveness, unconditio
July 05, 2015 Read More

Listening to the Divine Voice

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Last week I talked about ‘listening’ in the Rule of St. Benedict, specifically verse 1 of the Prologue, ‘listening with the ear of the heart’.  I talked about its multi-layered dimensions:  that ‘listening with the ear of the heart’ is not just a surface level of hearing.  It goes far deeper; it involves emptiness, surrender so that the hea

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June 09, 2015 Read More

Inclining the Ear of Your Heart

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This morning I like to speak about ‘listening’, by turning to the commentary and reflections of Sr. Aquinata Bockmann on the first verse of the Prologue of the Rule.  Sr. Aquinata in her latest book, A Listening Community, emphasizes the importance of the Prologue because it points out the “basic attitudes” that are to be cultivated and developed for anyone
June 01, 2015 Read More

Vistiation: A Chance to build up the Body of Christ with the Coming of the Holy Spirit

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 This coming week we will have our Visitation with Abbot Joseph of Snowmass.  What preparation do we need, individually and as a community, to receive God’s gift, a gift given through the Spirit?  Like Mary’s Annunciation, like Mary’s Visitation with Elizabeth, the Spirit hovers over our lives ready, with our cooperation,
May 23, 2015 Read More

The Self Emptying of God

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‘Kenosis’ – Why would I begin my Chapter Talk on this Sixth Sunday of Easter with this word and image?  I have been reading an essay in the periodical Spiritus where the author is referring to the work of the Jewish philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas.  In this essay the author is saying that Levinas describes ‘kenosis’ as the “humility of greatness” and this is f
May 15, 2015 Read More
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