All Saints - All Souls

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“O God, keep us faithful to the gift which they received with such joy and handed on at such cost.” This is an excerpt from a prayer for the feast of the apostles Simon and Jude.  The gift they received was their ‘mission’, their mission of proclaiming the gospel, and this they handed on with the cost of their lives.  For the solemnity of ‘All Saints’ why am I beginning with these very moving words?  When I heard this prayer, I thought immediately that it expresses what saints do. They receive their call from God with joy, and they live it to the end, until the day when they hand it on to others, and with such cost.  

November 02, 2019 Read More

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio

I will praise your name forever, my king and my God.

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 27 The Abbot's Concern for the Excommunicated
Mass: Wis 11:22-12:2; Resp Ps 145; Th 1:11-2:2; Lk 19:1-10


With a first glance at the readings for this Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, I thought of the Prologue of the Holy Rule of St Benedict. My mind went to the Holy Rule with the words from the Book of Wisdom: "But you [Lord] have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you overlook people's sins that they may repent" (Wis 11:23). St Benedict writes this: "The Lord waits for us daily to translate into action, as we should, his holy teachings. Therefore our life span has been lengthened by way of truce, that we may amend our misdeeds. As the Apostle says:Do you not know that the patience of God is leading you to repent (Rm 2:4)? And indeed the Lord assures us in his love: I do not wish the death of a sinner, but that he turn back to me and live (Ezk 33:11). (Prol. 35-38).

November 03, 2019 Read More

Canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman

Chapter Talks

Today is the canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman. He was a prolific writer, an intellectual whose heart very much balanced who he was, what he preached and what he wrote. I will share multiple quotes to support this statement!

To begin: “God has created me to do Him some definite service. God has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.”  

October 13, 2019 Read More

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio

Praise the Lord, my soul!

Buona domenica!

105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, instituted by Pope Pius X and first celebrated in 1914
In other years: Archangels Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 7:24-30
Mass: Amos 6:1a, 4-7; Resp Ps 146; 1 Tm 6:11-16; Lk 16:19-31


Today's celebration is "not just about migrants", Pope Francis tells us, "it's about all of us, about the human family, called to build together a world more in accord with God's plan" (Twitter, September 29, 2019). In his homily this morning, the Holy Father elaborated: it's about "all those in existential peripheries, who together with migrants and refugees, are victims of the throwaway culture." What then is the Lord asking of us?

September 29, 2019 Read More

Our Free Will Given by God

Chapter Talks

As I was pondering what to focus this morning’s chapter talk on, I turned to the third conference we had from Fr. Michael Dodds for our retreat.  In staying with his theme for our retreat ‘The Hiddenness of God’, he begins this third conference with a reference to the ‘sin’ of Adam and Eve who now because of their ‘sin’ are hiding from God!  Fr. Dodds writes: “The point of the story is that sin, or acting against God’s will, was not part of God’s original plan.  It arises from a free, human decision.  But that decision initiates a new dynamic between God and human beings, who now try and hide from God”.  This new dynamic between the human person and God is a dynamic of ‘wills’, that of God’s will and that of the free will given by God to human beings.

September 22, 2019 Read More
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