Category Archives: spirituality

Spiritual Direction

Once a month I drive to a retreat house in a nearby city to meet with my spiritual director. I commented yesterday that all the fog seems to clear away when I’m with someone who listens and sees with the ears … Continue reading

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Personal Feast Day(s)

Some people have options for celebrating their names saints. I suppose I have three: March 19th, the Sunday after Christmas, and today, the observance of Joseph the worker. It’s a wider choice for those named Mary in Christendom: with all … Continue reading

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Indifference

Do you readers know the Principle and Foundation from the Spiritual Exercises? As I understand (and would paraphrase) it, we are made by God to love and serve God. Perhaps its not in a human gene sequence (sorry Max), but … Continue reading

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A Golden Thought on Psalmody

From the mouth of John Chrysostom: Every time the Christian people apply themselves to the recitation of the Psalms they become like a lyre ready to vibrate under the hand of the Holy Spirit, who touches the most profound chords … Continue reading

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Take the 69th

If we did not have Psalm 22 or 31, what would Christians sing on Good Friday? Perhaps Psalm 69. Is the savior consumed by anger, as is hinted in John 2:13ff, or is he consumed as in spent, emptied, and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Gethsemani

The full title of Dianne Aprile’s 1998 book is The Abbey of Gethsemani Place of Peace and Paradox. Written on the occasion of that Kentucky monastery’s 150th anniversary, I read it over the course of four nights. A most enjoyable … Continue reading

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Schizophrenic Psalm

Psalm 118 is given for Morning Prayer of week 2 in the Divine Office. The contrasts struck me: The nations all encompassed me; in the Lord’s name I crushed them. And: I was hard-pressed and was falling, but the Lord … Continue reading

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