Transfiguration - Transformed in Love

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The gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent is always the Transfiguration; it parallels the First Sunday   What immediately precedes the Temptations of Jesus is his baptism in the Jordan.  As Jesus comes up out of the waters he hears the voice of his Abba, ‘You are my beloved Son’.  Michael Casey in his book, Fully Human Fully Divine, transl

February 25, 2018 Read More

What are you seeking?

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‘What are you looking for?’  ‘What are you seeking?’  This is the first question in John’s gospel.  It is God’s question addressed by Jesus to his first would-be disciples and now, in this present moment, this Divine question Jesus addresses to each one of us.
As important as our questions are, what about God’s questions to us?&nb

February 24, 2018 Read More

Feast of our Cistercian Founders, Sts. Robert, Alberic and Stephen

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How do we honor today, in this 21st century, the founders of our Order, Sts. Robert, Alberic & Stephen?  What can we draw out from the sketchy and spare details we have of their beginnings to tell us what their vision was, what the impulse was, what was the force behind their movement to begin a new community, which in a relatively short time developed into a full fledged Order?  If I had to choose two words to capture the essence of what propelled these courageous and dedicated monks they would be t

January 26, 2018 Read More

Christmas Eve – 2017

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 What does the Incarnation bring us? St Joseph with the Child JesusLove, God’s love: At the center of Christmas is the mystery of God’s Love.  Are we aware of the immensity of this gift?   Are we aware of the implications this Love brings to and for our lives, and for our world?  This Love b

December 24, 2017 Read More

Third Sunday of Advent – December 17, 2017

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This is Gaudete Sunday, which means in one word: Rejoice!  I think as we delve a little into the readings we will see how apropos this title is for describing the Third Sunday of Advent!  The first reading from Isaiah opens with this announcement: ‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me’.  It follows with a kind of delineation of what t

December 17, 2017 Read More
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