Category Archives: spirituality

The Synod Fathers Speak 3: Burdens and Difficulties

I applaud the bishops for addressing that many of the challenges to the modern family are not obstacles of their own making. Paragraphs six through nine of the “short” document address these problems, if not in all particulars, with a hopeful … Continue reading

Posted in bishops, Ministry, spirituality | 2 Comments

The Synod Fathers Speak 2: Christ Enters

The “short” document is online is here, in English. We’re taking a few paragraphs a day from it. The fourth sets the stage for a series of challenges that follow: We offer you the words of Christ: “Behold, I stand at … Continue reading

Posted in bishops, Ministry, spirituality | 1 Comment

The Synod Fathers Speak 1

The final “small” document from the extraordinary synod is out, in English.  Another, longer form, is due out later. That presumably will contain “proper” language on this and that. I found the small version heartening and appropriate. Leading off with … Continue reading

Posted in bishops, Ministry, spirituality | Tagged | 3 Comments

Mercy and What? Envy?

Father Dwight Longenecker is a staple at Patheos and here and there on the right-leaning internet. I noticed today that Crux reprinted his essay from Crisis earlier this week. When I visit his site occasionally, Fr Longenecker strikes me as … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Scripture, spirituality, The Blogosphere | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Cor Ad Cor

We observed the memorial of John Henry Newman this past Thursday night at the student liturgy. Sort of. The visiting presider from the other parish in town used presidential material for the Common of Pastors, but the readings were straight-up … Continue reading

Posted in evangelization, Ministry, spirituality | Tagged | 1 Comment

Praying With the Synod: Psalm 128:1-4

I had it in mind to post daily some suggestion on the synod in Rome convening this week and next. I missed yesterday. I suppose we can read the pope’s homilies and statements for the opening of the meeting. Y’all … Continue reading

Posted in Scripture, spirituality | Tagged | Leave a comment

Encountering Jesus

I do not claim to be any kind of expert or guru on this. I can only speak of my personal experience with God, and even in the telling, it uses language that doesn’t quite capture the essence. In a … Continue reading

Posted in spirituality | 1 Comment