about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
Vatican II pages
- Joyful Alleluia
- Reconciliation Lectionary: John 15:9-14
- Dies Domini 31: The Risen Christ Inspires Community
- EG 148: Preaching With Balance and Perspective
- Cosmos Looks At Lead
- Hell and Remarriage: Whose Business?
- Saints To Be Made
- Dies Domini 30: An Indispensable Day
- Prelates Pressured
- EG 147: Meaning Beyond The Details
Reconciliation Lecti… on Wedding Lectionary: John 15:9-… Ray MacDonald on Saints To Be Made Devin on Saints To Be Made Jim McCrea on Saints To Be Made Liam on Saints To Be Made Liam on Dies Domini 29: The Day of… John Chrysostom on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Janet on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Todd on Socks Off FrMichael on Private Masses–Bleah!
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Category Archives: spirituality
The Catholic Herald reported that a politician in the House of Commons came to her decision to retire from politics after a Thirty Day Ignatian retreat. MP Sarah Teather: Sometimes you just have to shut up. This politician just needed … Continue reading
The long psalms have been a curiosity to me ever since I first cracked open my mother’s Bible. Being a good Baptist, she referred to what is now my favorite book in the Scriptures as Psalms, and in her KJV, … Continue reading
Pope Francis set aside required miracle #2 for Pierre Favre, SJ, and named one of my favorite Jesuits a saint. My favorite quote (blogged last week) from the man: Seek grace for the smallest things, and you will also find … Continue reading
Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain was probably the first or second spiritual book I ever read, way back in my college days. I’m not a Merton fan(atic) like some people I know. You readers who read me carefully know … Continue reading
Check this devastating report on Cardinal Roger Mahony. The man has largely disappeared from public view since the conclave. But in retirement he still blogs, mainly in immigration policy advocacy. The report seems thorough and balanced–more than fair to a man … Continue reading
My friend Bill sent me an image of the Eucharistic Tabernacle from a Franciscan chapel in Tokyo. I wasn’t enamored of the choice to place it behind the presider’s chair. Otherwise, I found the design elegant in every way: the … Continue reading
I’ve just finished this inspirational book by theologian Ronald Modras. It’s taken me about six weeks, but don’t let that guide your possible opinion of the work. This is a book that has accompanied me during my online experience of … Continue reading
Pope Francis preaches the centrality of Christ, in three ways. Christ at the center of creation, of his people, and of history: 1. The apostle Paul, in the second reading, taken from the letter to the Colossians, offers us a … Continue reading
Yesterday’s Pope Francis homily was headlined in a few places suggesting that curiosity is bad. I thought that a curious thing, so I went a little deeper. Sometimes curiosity is a locus for confusion: Curiosity impels us to want to … Continue reading
I’ve spent the last few weeks paging through a collection of essays in William Byron’s slim volume subtitled Sharing the Ignatian Spirit with Friends and Colleagues. With widespread fascination (or consternation) with Pope Francis, this book might have some valuable … Continue reading
This isn’t a post about this past weekend’s tax collector. I think he was alright. First, Jesus talked about him as an illustration, and not as a real human being. So a question: can a guilty person be a narcissist? … Continue reading
That headline is correct; it’s not “curia in retreat.” CNS has the news of Pope Francis’s plans for the 2014 Lenten retreat: It will be held at a retreat center about twenty miles outside of Rome It will be led … Continue reading
In my daily lectio I’ve been experimenting with some psalms to assist me in the difficult reflections on sinfulness in the fifth week of the online Ignatian retreat. Today, I found a familiar tone in the tenth Psalm: They think … Continue reading
I will admit my fifth week of online Ignatian retreat isn’t going well in the sense of warm interior feelings and such. The reflection on sin is disturbing in any situation. I felt completely thrown for a loop with more … Continue reading