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From the collection Hearts on Fire, this prayer by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin for the fourth week of the Spiritual Exercises: “Glorious Christ, you whose divine influence is active at the very heart of matter, and at the dazzling center … Continue reading

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Baptism Anniversaries

I’ve blogged on this topic a number of times, since before Pope Francis has been speaking of it–which has been from his first year as pope. (I suspect it was a notion for him when he was a bishop and … Continue reading

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Here I Am, Lord

I missed this posting last month at America. Written for a friend’s diaconate ordination, the story of the song’s genesis makes sense to me now, given the parameters of the commission: His friend wanted the song to include the images … Continue reading

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Prayers For Mourners

Fairly often, I find useful bits on the USCCB website. Researching another project, I stumbled across this page. On the heels of that horrific event in Las Vegas and the inevitable public hashing of the issues of freedom, guns, political … Continue reading

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I was reviewing some recent posts on the dotMagis site. Joseph Tetlow’s “Examen of the Future” is presented and discussed here. I don’t find the Ignatian Examen to be as much a problem in content or its vector as much … Continue reading

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Of Personal Liturgical Calendars

My wife and I have always observed an augmented liturgical calendar. We make a point of attending Mass together whenever possible on our sacramental anniversaries: our wedding, her reception into full communion, my baptism. We also observe our name saints–mine … Continue reading

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Awaken, Transform, But Not Nurse

A facebook friend linked Marina McCoy’s post on “negative emotions.” Her first one has long been a bother for me. I remember many years ago a colleague unjustly (I thought) forced into early retirement. The ugly matter surfaced at a … Continue reading

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