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Second Sunday of Advent 'A' Homily – Part 2
Dec 10, 2016 | Advent, charity, conversion, faith, Holy Spirit, hope, Jesus, love, mercy, Messiah, mission, repentance, salvation, Second Coming
John the Baptist On this Second Sunday of the New Church Year, John the Baptist stands before the ages and us in Chapter 3 of St. Matthew. He shouts out an invitation to repentance. He warns of impending judgment. He exhorts us to find security only int the Lord himself, not in superficial religious identity and external observances:For God can raise up children of
Second Sunday of Advent 'A' Homily – Part 1
Dec 09, 2016 | Advent, Bernard of Clairvaux, conversion, Eschatology, Holy Spirit, homily, Isaiah, Joel, John the Baptist, Mary, Messiah, Scripture, Second Coming, St. Paul
Bernard of Clairvaux Introduction: How Time flies! Here we are already at the Second Sunday of Advent! And "the world as we know it is passing away" faster than we would like, with ourselves moving right along with it! We move with this Sunday of Advent deeper into the Final Age of the World that announces the absolute End Time, when the Kingdom of God will be definitely
What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 2
Oct 24, 2015 | affection, Commandment, family, film, God, God's love, Holy Spirit, maturity, peace, Pope Francis, prayer, reflection, St. Teresa, thought, young people
In the film Riley, like all adolescents, like all of us, is searching for understanding and guidance and maturity and companionship. All of these benefits come to the human person through prayer. And the One who gives guidance and understanding, who fosters human maturity and offers friendship, is God himself. Teresa says, “He becomes one with our lowliness, transforms us into Himself, and effects
General Chapter - Sunday, May 17
May 18, 2015 | Avila, cathedral, Constitutions, friars, General Chapter, Holy Father, Holy Mother, Holy Spirit, John of the Cross, Medina del Campo, Scripture, Segovia, tour
Today most of the Chapter friars made another Sunday excursion, spending the day first in Medina del Campo, then moving on from there to Segovia--where St. John of the Cross is buried, as you know. But, and here's the rub, I wasn't among them. I simply needed some downtime by myself. So, I spent
General Chapter - Friday, May 8
May 09, 2015 | charism, Constitutions, friars, General Chapter, Holy Spirit, Order, process, renewal
I don't consider myself old, despite what some say. But I would be willing to use the word "older." Yes, I'll give you that. Indeed, when I look around at the other Chapter friars gathered either in the hall or for meals or mass, something jumps out at me--I certainly am among the older. What is more, it appears as though a generational sea-change
General Chapter - Tuesday, May 5
May 07, 2015 | Carmelites, communion, Fr. General, General Chapter, history, Holy Spirit, hope, insight, prophetic voices, report, self-assessment, the risen Lord, vocation
I have yet to adjust to the time change here, which is a 7-hour difference. Thus, I want to sleep in the day and wake at night, like Dracula himself. But this morning the General gave his report to the Chapter, his "State of the Order Report." And though my mind drifted on occasion, and the General's voice sounded every now and then like distant