Category Archives: spirituality

Intercessory Prayer for Liturgical Ministers

I’ve had two recent encounters with this notion of liturgical ministers praying for another person. In my last community, someone associated with our sister parish suggested the Communion ministers in each location, in Iowa and in Honduras, be matched up … Continue reading

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Against Comfort

Msgr Charles Pope is getting some attention for his essay against “comfort Catholicism.” There is a growing consternation among some Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the past. It seems there is no awareness … Continue reading

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Bernard of Clairvaux

The name saint of my graduate school has a feast today. I suspect Trappists around the world today have a little festivity added to their austerity. In his lifetime, Bernard was something of a wunderkind. Abbot at 25. More effective … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Something Old, Something New

Not a book title, but just a reference to two books that have been on my desktop at work for the past few months. A staff colleague gave me a copy of Matthew Kelly’s 2011 book The One Thing. Sixty … Continue reading

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Moving On From Lot’s Wife

I’ve always loved the cheek of bargaining with God in Genesis 18. Abraham is well aware of his creaturely status, but comes back again and again to make his case for a few innocents in Sodom. He’s thinking of Lot, no … Continue reading

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Off To Retreat

I’ve been away from the blog before, so y’all know the drill. Play nice, especially with FrM. Amoris Laetitia posts all set up for the coming week, so tune in around 4am Pacific daylight time for the daily feed. If … Continue reading

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Freedom To Serve

I was chatting with my bridge partner before our game the other night. It’s always an interesting conversation when I explain my ministry/work/clerical status in the Church. My careful discernment of three decades ago has led me to where I … Continue reading

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