Peace

Tags: Spirit

April 14, 2010 07:14

Madonna House, a public association of Christian Faithful. After all my years of doing church work, I'm always surprised to hear about spiritual giants I've never heard before. There's always more to learn!Someone loaned me a book of her daily reflections. Her reflection on peace resonated with me:

In the Gospel, Christ says, "By their fruits you shall know them." One of the basic fruits of the...


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Resolution Review

Tags: Body, Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

April 13, 2010 07:38

Well, it's been about five months since many of us made our annual New Year's Resolutions. I was trying to remember mine, so I guess maybe I haven't quite met them. Hum...USA Today did a study where researchers tracked individuals who made New Year's resolutions. They divided them into two groups: (1) Those who made a resolution and wrote it down, and (2) those who made one but didn't write it...


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Brother Victor

Tags: Soups-and-stews, Spirit, Vegetarian

April 12, 2010 07:21

For the last several months, I've been cooking from two great books,Twelve Months of Monastery Soups and Sacred Feasts. Both were written by Brother Victor-Antoine, who is the cook at Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery in upstate New York. These are great books, and more importantly, they both hold very simple, tasty and easy to prepare recipes.From Brother Victor, I learned that for...


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Starting off right

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Spirit

April 11, 2010 06:36

three minute retreat from Loyola Press. After I pray with the sunrise, I usually make my way, with my second cup of coffee, to the computer, see what's new, and end with this on-line prayer.My mom starts her day by visiting Sacred Space, a website produced by the Irish Jesuits. She's been visiting this site each day for years. Growing up, I don't think I ever even heard of the Jesuits, much...


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Ah, Tuscany Pt. I

Tags: Italy, Travel

April 09, 2010 06:54

Frances Mayes is out with a new book entitled Every Day in Tuscany. Mayes is the author of several books about life in Italy, and she is one of my favorite authors. I'm about half way through this latest memoir, and so far, it hasn't disappointed.Her writing style is such that she draws you into the story, the experiences, and its as if you get to meet the people, share the food, drink the...


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Be Still

Tags: Catholic-church, Spirit

April 07, 2010 22:59

Several years ago, I had the chance to visit the Grand Tetons with my family. I asked "how come no one ever told me about this place?" I had never heard of this mountain range before, and it was one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen. It would be on my "top ten things to see before you die list." Make the trip!It seems like the last few days have been very chaotic. Things are just...


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We Are An Easter People

Tags: Papacy, Spirit

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 12:46-47
Another Easter Vigil has come and gone. In our parish, there are 22 new Catholics, and in our Archdiocese, the largest number of converts in...


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Holy Saturday

Tags: Spirit

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...


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