Gratitude

Chapter Talks

Fr. Ronald Rolheiser wrote: “Gratitude is more important even than love because anything which does not take its root in gratitude will be self-serving and manipulative in some way.  Only when we give of ourselves to others because we are grateful for how we have been blessed—only then will our love flow out as pure and as not demanding something in return.  When we are not acting out of gratitude, we may be well-intentioned and outwardly generous in our actions, but we will not be truly acting in love” (Give Us This Day, November 2019, p.298-299). 

November 25, 2019 Read More

A Heart Overflowing with Love

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I received from Abbot Damian of Spencer a copy of his homily that he gave last week for the funeral Mass of Br. Meinrad.  He concluded his homily with the following: “I’ll let St. Therese and Fr. Thomas Keating have the final words.  Therese expressed her conviction in this way: ‘Even if I had on my conscience every conceivable sin, I would lose nothing of my confidence. My heart overflowing with love, I would throw myself into the arms of the Father, and I am certain that I would be warmly received.’ " 

November 18, 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

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 7:49-50
Mass: Jr 1:4-5, 17-17; Resp Ps 71; 1 Co 12:31-13:13; Lk 4:21-30

But the greatest of these is love.

February 03, 2019 Read More

Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio
Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 31:13-19
Mass: Ph 3:3-8a; Resp Ps 105; Lk 15:1-10


Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord.
Envision if you will the scene of today's Gospel. We have the tax collectors and sinners drawing near to listen to Jesus. At the same time, we have the Pharisees
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