‘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
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.
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
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
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?