Flesh of Our Flesh... The Who of Advent

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Bernard of Clairvaux in his First Sermon of Advent jumps immediately into the meaning of Advent by asking us to ponder: “Who it is Who comes, whence He comes, and whither, why He comes and when and by what way” (On the Christian Year, p.13).  To repeat: Bernard’s first sermon reflects on ‘Who is coming’, from what place or source He comes, to where He comes, why He is coming, an

December 13, 2013 Read More

Surrender into Advent

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‘The God who is, who was and is to come’: this prayer that we chant at every office encompasses what Advent is about.  We know God is with us right now; the God who was: we are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus in history; and as well the God who is coming again into our hearts and in our midst.  This is the amazing gift of the Incarnation: we celebrate this gift that hap

December 04, 2013 Read More

A Parable of Crisis

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A Parable of Crisis

In the gospel text of today we have a parable and several sayings all put together in one unit.  I like to focus my reflections on the beginning parable, which is truly a puzzle.
This beginning pericope has been named by some NT commentators as 'the parable of the unjust steward'; others have called it a 'parable of crisis' which is probably truer to Jesus' intention in telling this parable.  Jesus is less concerned with the unjust actions of the steward.

September 22, 2013 Read More

A Mirror of Charity

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If a poet or an artist returns to the mirror to see if she ‘is there’, what about us who live monastic life, a life where we strive to be open to the flow of grace, to the Spirit who forms us into a new creation?  Returning to the mirror to see if I am there, to see if I am myself…to see who or what I am serving.

September 15, 2013 Read More

Radical Self Honesty

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Radical Self HonestyOne of the primary ways we deepen our relationship with God, and how our humanity grows into the freedom and fullness of life it is called to, is through ‘self-knowledge.’  Perhaps it is even more far-reaching to say that it is through the path of conversion, which is the main thrust of our vow of ‘conversatio’.  In one of my recent chapter talks I noted the desert story of Abba Poeman where it is said that ‘every day he made a new beginning.’  We begin the new

September 01, 2013 Read More
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