Category Archives: spirituality

Aspiring To New Heights

The pieces have been on site for some weeks, I’m told. The architect and crane came today. I’m on vacation this week, but I came in for a meeting with an engaged couple. I was glad to enjoy one of … Continue reading

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Life and Good Days

A good message from a nearby abbot. I’m not sure where the referenced video is exactly; the Sentinel doesn’t provide a link on the story I linked just above. I did notice an introductory video at the top of their main video … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Under The Starry Night

This volume pictured here has been on my bookshelf for over two decades. As I’ve been indulging some old reads and discovering new things, I thought I’d share some recommendations, starting with this book. I’ve had a membership in the … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Wednesday

As of this writing in some places people praying Compline will be anticipating the observance of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) tonight. They will pray the “Saturday night” reading since it is designated for the eve of … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Tuesday

As the first letter of Peter comes to a close, a warning that was real for the people of the ancient Middle East, at least those who wandered out in the wilderness after dark. Lions are mentioned in the Bible … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Monday

On one level the readings assigned to the seven observances of Night Prayer seem to be assigned just for the mention of night or sleep. Don’t be deceived by these little mentions and simple-seeming assignments. There is depth in these … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Sunday

In the outside world, Sunday night is the end of leisure time. The Compline reading looks to a grander end, the completion of all time when the Lord Jesus will complete his Reign and all peoples and nations will be … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Saturday

In the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours, “Saturday” is not technically recognized in the evening or at Night Prayer. If you are a novice to this prayer, you will find tonight’s psalms and such under the heading of “Prayer I … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Friday

In the Church’s Night Prayer, a very brief reading follows the Psalm. Think of it as a reverse of the situation at Mass. In the Hours, Psalms are primary, and readings are “responsorial.” Tonight the verse is from one of … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Thursday

In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Psalms come to the foreground of our prayer. Prose passages from the Bible are more brief, and tend to recede into the background. But that doesn’t mean they are insignificant. Take tonight’s verse … Continue reading

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The Truth Shop

Are you familiar with the Anthony De Mello fable from his book  Song of the Bird? I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the name of the shop: THE TRUTH SHOP. The salesgirl was very polite: What type … Continue reading

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Not That Funny

As I have attempted to become more mature in my life, I discovered that what passes for good humor in some circles, flies like mud from a puddle in others. Some jokes are unfit for children, clergy, men, women, musicians, … Continue reading

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Mercy, As It Might Have Been, Or Might Yet Be

I found this essay on PrayTell and a reference there to an interesting bit of testimony from Pope Benedict on his predecessor. Here’s the quote: From the very beginning, John Paul II was deeply touched by the message of Faustina … Continue reading

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Day of Prayer

As of this writing, it’s not yet the 14th where I sit, but it is in the Eastern Hemisphere. So if you’re there and haven’t started yet, Pope Francis has an assignment for us: Prayer is a means to communicate … Continue reading

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Passing Through

Two or three friends on social media were drawn to one of the non-Biblical readings assigned to the Easter season. My occasional sense of alienation was poked by this passage, a small part of the larger text: They live in … Continue reading

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