Monthly Archives: September 2019

Christus Vivit 144-145: A Thirst For Life And Experience

Pope Francis steers the discussion to “A thirst for life and experience,” which will be the topic through paragraph 149. 144. While drawn towards the future and its promise, young people also have a powerful desire to experience the present … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 143: Against Early Retirement

Pope Francis is known for his metaphors–how well they translate from the Spanish in his mind–who knows? But I like the advice against early retirement. I need to attend to that myself. 143. Dear young people, make the most of … Continue reading

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Ruth For The Present Day

Before I began my research on the book of Ruth for my parish’s Bible Study, I was well aware of the title character’s status as an immigrant. My completed musical draws on relevant passages from the Torah to underscore the … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 142: Against Anxiety

Jesus counseled us not to worry or be concerned. Difficult advice to follow, but it echoes here:   142. Keep following your hopes and dreams. But be careful about one temptation that can hold us back. It is anxiety. Anxiety … Continue reading

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Prayer As Protest

I’ve never been completely at ease with the non-prayer element of praying. At military installations, abortion clinics, or such. Nor, really for certain causes, like the Fortnight For Freedom. I noticed Fr Anthony Ruff offers this coopting of Cardinal Burke’s … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 141: Against Giving Up

In discussing a time of dreams and decisions, there are obstacles to overcome. It is interesting that Pope Francis links “giving up” with complaining. He is certainly aware of those who complain about him. We have a whole category of … Continue reading

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Derision

One of the last music reading sessions I attended a couple seated next to me punctuated sight-singing with comments of ridicule and not-so-stifled laughter. Most octavos had “NIMP” scribbled in big letters. In two hours, I found one or two … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 140: Disliking Young Adulthood

Continuing on the theme of “A time of dreams and decisions,” a brief look at the desire in some for a delay into adulthood. Maybe it’s not a surprise for the affluent West–the path into work, career, love, and family … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 139: Searching

We continue a look at “A time of dreams and decisions.” Pope Francis first mentions the path ahead, but then expands on the image of independence: 139. Sometime ago, a friend asked me what I see in a young person. … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 138: Restlessness

Let’s continue with “A time of dreams and decisions.” Let’s also not be afraid of restlessness. Restlessness can be a seed, and also a liminal experience to something beyond. 138. The love of God and our relationship with the living … Continue reading

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Restorative Justice

A facebook friend highlighted the case of a homeless woman of color who tried to park her van to optimize the education possibilities for her five-year-old son. The result? Five years-plus in prison. There were other anti-extenuating circumstances, but you … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 136-137: A Time Of Dreams And Decisions

The fifth chapter of this document, “Paths of youth,” will guide our discussion for the next month or so. Let’s look at Pope Francis’ first theme, “A time of dreams and decisions.” 136. In Jesus’ day, the passage from childhood … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 134-135: Paths Of Youth

Forty-five numbered paragraphs constitute the fifth chapter of this document, “Paths of youth.” Let’s jump right in: 134. What does it mean to live the years of our youth in the transforming light of the Gospel? We need to raise … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 61:1-3

In the Gospels, Jesus’ first liturgical role was a reader at a synagogue service (Luke 4:18-19). He cited this passage in Isaiah: The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 133: Christ, Source Of Youth

Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site. We conclude reading about “A great message for all young people,” as we read a small collection of quotes from Old Testament prophets: 133. He is … Continue reading

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