Monthly Archives: October 2019

Legacy

A social media friend posted on today’s saint. I noticed that Polish bishops have asked for him to be named a Doctor of the Church and a patron of Europe. One colleague in ministry met him and interacted with him … Continue reading

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Aperuit Illis 11: Scripture And Tradition

Pope Francis finishes up his commentary on Vatican II input on the Bible and divine revelation. 11. Finally, Dei Verbum makes clear that “the words of God, expressed in human language, are in every way like human speech, just as … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 177: Jesus Sends Missionaries

A quote from WYD: 177. “Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: he sends us everywhere. The Gospel is for everyone, not just for some. And so the point of Jesus’ mission, including his sacrifice. It … Continue reading

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More Adventures in Cardiology

Kids grow up but heart conditions remain. We’re off to the University of Washington in a bit for the young miss and her annual check-up. Iowa’s four-hour drive to Kansas City has been replaced by a ferry trip across Puget … Continue reading

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Aperuit Illis 10: The Holy Spirit Remains Active

The Holy Spirit didn’t put her feet up after the text was translated from inspired mind to scroll. God is still an active agent today and everywhere for those who seek. It’s a basic  Vatican II–we covered it here. 10. … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 176: Swimming Against The Tide

176. The importance of witness does not mean that we should be silent about the word. Why should we not speak of Jesus, why should we not tell others that he gives us strength in life, that we enjoy talking … Continue reading

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Aperuit Illis 9: Scripture on Scripture

We turn our attention from Emmaus to a strand of advice to Saint Timothy from his mentor. If it rings familiar, it was proclaimed at Mass this weekend: 9. In the Second Letter to Timothy, which is in some ways … Continue reading

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Beatitudes For The Weary Christian

One of my colleagues on Liturgy Commission shared Katie Cook’s “Beatitudes for the Weary Christian” from Seeds of Hope. I was thinking as I read the title of the handout, “I’m tired today. I really need this.” The one bit … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 175: Courageous Missionaries

Chapter Five’s last theme is “Courageous missionaries.” What does that mean? Catholics of all ages will find brave people in their midst. It’s not easy to care for sick loved ones, to stand up for our values, or to remain … Continue reading

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Aperuit Illis 8: Deepening Connections To The Sacraments And To The Lord

8. The journey that the Risen Lord makes with the disciples of Emmaus ended with a meal. The mysterious wayfarer accepts their insistent request: “Stay with us, for it is almost evening and the day is now far spent” (Lk … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 174: Young And Committed

The final paragraph on the theme “young and committed,” includes a quote lifted from a World Youth Day address: 174. I want to encourage all of you in this effort, because I know that “your young hearts want to build … Continue reading

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Aperuit Illis 7: Finding Christ in Scripture–Liturgy and Prayer

There’s a thought that all of the Old Testament speaks of and points to Christ. I wouldn’t outright disagree, but in the sense that the Bible presents a saving act by God toward all humankind, and this presentation culminates in … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 173: Looking Deep Into The Word

173. As in the miracle of Jesus, the bread and the fish provided by young people can multiply (cf. Jn 6:4-13). As in the parable, the small seeds sown by young people can yield a rich harvest (cf. Mt 13:23.31-32). … Continue reading

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Aperuit Illis 6: Recounting Emmaus

People gravitate to the parables and miracles of Jesus. But the story of the encounter on the road in Luke 24 opens a window on the power of the Word and Eucharist for believers. Pope Francis returns to the biblical … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 170-172: Young And Committed

We continue along these “Paths of youth.” 170. The Synod recognized that “albeit in a different way from earlier generations, social commitment is a specific feature of today’s young people. Alongside some who are indifferent, there are many others who … Continue reading

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