Lent. A time to experience the Mercy of God

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Pope Francis has asked that in this Jubilee Year “the season of Lent…be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Lenten Message of Pope Francis, 2016).  This statement of the Pope caused me to ask:  What is the context for experiencing God’s mercy?  What demeanor or interior attitude do we need, which enables the mercy of G

February 18, 2016 Read More

Awaiting the One who is Coming

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This is the Sunday of ‘joy’ in the Advent journey…for ‘the Lord is very near’…it is the joy of anticipation.  Notice how we feel within when we are anticipating something we long for, and it is near…the heart is lifted up in ‘anticipation’ and already joy is lingering around our hearts.  Indeed, with this third Sunday of Advent, we are leaning more and more i

December 14, 2015 Read More

Second Sunday of Advent 2015 - Prepare a Path

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I like to begin with a text from the twelfth century Cistercian Abbot, Guerric of Igny, and then tease out what he is saying to his brother monks and to us.  This is from his fifth sermon for Advent:  “‘Prepare a way for the Lord.’  We prepare the way of the Lord as we are bidden to do so by walking along it; and we can walk along it only by preparin  However far you journey along it, the way is always waiting to be prepared, so that you must start afresh from the place that you have reac

December 07, 2015 Read More

First Sunday of Advent – November 29, 2015

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Br. Christophe’s words in his journal entry for the First Sunday of Advent (1994) are these:  “To finish this liturgical year (well), I ask and receive the grace of forgiveness.  You put me back on my feet to walk, to run, upright, toward you who are coming.He comes
and every eye shall see him.
He comes: his face, and that is infinitely everything”  (Born From the Gaze of God, p.117)
He comes: and will we be open enough, awake enough, present enough to receive his ‘face’ that is i

December 06, 2015 Read More

The Will and Humility

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‘The way is humility; the goal is truth.’  The way, humility and the fruit, truth is profoundly described in St. Bernard’s first treatise On the Steps of Humility and Pride.  Bernard’s other well-known treatise, On Loving God, was written not long after this first work.  I find it interesting to connect these two treatises one to the other:  the way is st

November 01, 2015 Read More
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