April 06, 2010 17:49
April 06, 2010 17:49
April 04, 2010 07:36
"I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world." John 12:46-47Another Easter Vigil has come and gone. In our parish, there are 22 new Catholics, and in our Archdiocese, the largest number of converts in...
April 03, 2010 06:55
The time of waiting is drawing to a close. In my parish, 22 people are waiting to join the Church tonight at the Easter Vigil.This is only a part of the Exultet, an ancient hymn which will be sung tonight at the beginning of the Easter Vigil; it is one of our Church's most beautiful hymns.
This is our passover feast,When Christ, the true Lamb, is slain,whose blood consecrates the homes of all...
April 02, 2010 20:25
Fulfillment-Apocalypsis The End is as invisible as the Beginning. The universe came forth from the Word, and returns to the Word. In the very center of the Sistine Chapel, the artist depicts this invisible End in the visible drama of the Judgement- This invisible End has become visible as the height of transparency: Omnia nuda et aperta ante oculos Eius! (All is laid bare and revealed before his eyes) ...
The End is as invisible as the Beginning.
The universe came forth from the Word,
and returns to the Word.
In the very center of the Sistine Chapel, the artist
depicts this invisible End
in the visible drama of the Judgement-
This invisible End has become visible as
the height of transparency:
Omnia nuda et aperta ante oculos Eius!
(All is laid bare and revealed before his eyes)
April 01, 2010 17:40
This image of Christ washing the feet of His Disciples is from a series of frescos painted by Giotto and found in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. I have been blessed to have seen the originals more than once, and they are precious and powerful, and the story about how they survived World War Two is miraculous. They are, however, not the main story today.Tonight, the Church commemorates the...
March 30, 2010 17:20
In Luke's Gospel (19:1-10), we hear the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector. He's a short man,and he wants to see Jesus but can't see over the crowd. So he climbs a tree to get a better look.Jesus sees him, calls him down, and says "Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay in your house."Now, as I was pondering this passage, I got to thinking. What would I do if Jesus invited...
March 29, 2010 07:15
When I got up this morning to let the dog out, I opened the back door and felt the first warm, gentle rain of the season. Spring usually comes a bit earlier here in Maryland, but we're coming off of a long, snowy winter, the likes of which had never been seen in these parts.As all good gardeners do, I started thinking about spring when the first bulb catalogues start rolling in around...
March 28, 2010 06:16
And so it begins again. Holy Week is here, starting today with Palm Sunday. Yesterday, we had our annual RCIA retreat for all those coming into the Church at the Easter Vigil.How blessed we are to be able to journey alongside these people seeking God. I wish sometimes that our group was smaller, that I could get to know each person more deeply, but the Lord keeps bringing large groups of people...
March 27, 2010 06:59
I raced home from the gym last night to catch Jamie Oliver's new show "Food Revolution." I missed the first thirty minutes or so, but overall, I was pretty disappointed.Oliver had travelled to Huntington, West Virginia, a place with the unfortunate honor of being the "most unhealthy town in America." As I watched the show, I quickly realized that just about any town I've been to int he last...
March 24, 2010 08:37
I've just come back from a trip to Chicago. It was a time to renew friendships, meet some new people, and learn about all the ways Loyola Press is helping people grow in their faith. Thanks to everyone for making it a meaningful trip.One of the exercises we did involved taking a butterfly cutout and embellishing it with words and decoration in order to tell a story. It was an interesting task,...
Upcoming Events at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville, Maryland.
Jan. 19-21: Making All Things New
This Retreat will focus on providing you with tools to improve your health, deepen your faith, and enjoy life to the fullest
March 17, 9am-1pm: Prayer Walking
This morning will introduce participants to Prayer Walking, which aims to strengthen our bodies and our relationship with God. Please where comfortable shoes and clothing.
May 11-13: Ignatian Spirituality
This Retreat will focus on key practices of Ignatian Spirituality, including St. Ignatius' deep devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
Sept. 22, 9am-1pm: Ignatian Rules for Eating
Long before our present crisis of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, St. Ignatius included some Rules for Eating in his Spiritual Exercises. Join us to learn what they are and how they might benefit you or someone you love.
Nov. 16-18: Making All Things New
This Retreat will focus on providing you with tools to improve your health, deepen your faith, and enjoy life to the fullest.
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