The Self Emptying of God

Chapter Talks



‘Kenosis’ – Why would I begin my Chapter Talk on this Sixth Sunday of Easter with this word and image?  I have been reading an essay in the periodical Spiritus where the author is referring to the work of the Jewish philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas.  In this essay the author is saying that Levinas describes ‘kenosis’ as the “humility of greatness” and this is f
May 15, 2015 Read More

Holy Thursday

Chapter Talks

Jesus is the focus of these holy days…his final days: the One who was…the One who is…the One who is to be…who is to be more in each of our lives.  The prayer, the rituals, the liturgy will bring us not just a remembrance, but a new, living encounter, “an encounter with God’s love” to use the words of Pope Francis (The Joy of the Gospel, p.4).  And this encounter, if we meet it in faith, will liberate us from our narrowness (p.4) into a heart more expansive in mercy, love and forgiveness.
May 15, 2015 Read More

Pointing the Way

Daily Lectio
This Easter I ran across an article online that caught my attention. (you can read the whole article here) It was about Lasse Sprang Olsen, a stunt man and self acknowledged atheist, who because of his near brush with death, set on a course to learn how to truly pray.  This search brought him to the cross - literally.  On Good Friday, 2014, he was one of those who participated in the annual cr
April 06, 2015 Read More

Do Not Mourn for Me

Daily Lectio


A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children... (Luke 23:27-27)
Good Friday, 2015

Today Christians remember the Lord's passion.   Our Lenten journey has reached its cl
April 03, 2015 Read More

Rend Your Hearts, Not Your Garments

Chapter Talks

St. Benedict says that “The life of a monastic ought to be a continuous Lent” (Chapter 49:1) not just during the season of Lent.  What do you think he means by this?  Is his main focus on outer practices such as fasting, rising very early, extra prayer and so on or is it something else? 
March 01, 2015 Read More
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