Category Archives: spirituality

Reflecting on the Liturgy

New reader Karen DiNoto made a query I’d like to draw out and offer some extended commentary. I am a new catechist and going to be doing the dismissal and lesson this week and need some thought provoking questions on … Continue reading

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Antarctic Orthodoxy and the Longing for Peace

A few readers may recall my fascination with farthest down under continent. A search for “Antarctica” on the side will uncover a collection of posts. Perhaps you recall this citing of a CNS article describing how Christian chaplaincy is handled at … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Slow Work

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is one of my heroes. Not a saint. (Not yet.) But a Jesuit and a scientist. Lent can be a slow work, testing our patience. Especially for those aspiring to virtue among us, it can seem … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Viriditas

Hildegard of Bingen is associated with the spiritual principle of viriditas. It came to mind as I was introduced to this quote by the English mystic Caryll Houselander: Love is most likely to spring from another’s need for us, and … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Praying One Word At A Time

A retired priest in my city has been in failing health for several months. I knew Father Patrick Geary almost twenty years ago when he was one of the archdiocese’s senior pastors in another city where we served in adjacent … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: The Bookends of Sleep

Often I reference John Veltri’s work Orientations. My very first spiritual director shared the book with me over thirty years ago. I long ago misplaced my copy, and so was glad to find it online. One piece I have struggled … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Wild Beasts and Angels

Your parish cleric will proclaim one of the shorter Gospel readings in the Sunday Lectionary this weekend, just four verses of Mark 1, 12-15. At Mass last night I was struck by the companions of Jesus in the desert, according … Continue reading

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