Category: Reflections

Constantly Renewed Gifts: On Inner Prayer by Wally Swist

Especially in times of stress and even those stretches of chaos, through lean times and during periods of dread, I and those around me have benefitted by my practice of inner prayer.
September 1, 2020/by tac

Violence and Contemplation by Ed Burns

Genuine faith will help us to get at the root of the things that we struggle with and wonder about in our daily lives, including matters such as violence.
September 1, 2020/by tac

Gifts in the Midst of Chaos by Anne Kerrigan

When I realized I was alive, it took time to process what had happened. The story of Lazarus became my story. The image of Lazarus stumbling forth out of the grave while shedding his burial cloths became my own image.
July 9, 2020/by tac

The Mathematics of Jesus Christ by Jim Reagan

Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and sheltering the homeless at a personal sacrifice is a cornerstone for “building a new society within the shell of the old” with “a philosophy that is so old that it looks like new.”
July 9, 2020/by tac

Under the Bond of Peace: A Pentecost Homily by Fr. Ryan Lerner

We must pray for the Holy Spirit to come anew into our hearts and help us to embrace the dignity of every person regardless of their race, class, creed, tongue, or their country of origin.
July 9, 2020/by tac

Reflections on Gratitude: Persevering through the Coronavirus Pandemic by Wally Swist

Staying centered in destabilizing times.
July 9, 2020/by tac

Hitting Bottom by Paul Nyklicek

We have a number of injuries that desperately still need healing: a history of racism, a patriarchy that still regards women as second-class citizens, a culture of hyper-individualism, and a destruction of nature in the name of civilization.
July 9, 2020/by tac

Parish Life in a Time of Pandemic by Gene Ciarlo

One certainty has surfaced from this tragic event, and that is a rare, humble, but now frequently uttered admission from people in authority: We don’t know what the future holds.
July 9, 2020/by tac

I Believe That I Shall See the Good Things of the Lord in the Land of the Living by Fran Salone-Pelletier

This is a costly freedom. This is a call to find ourselves in each other and see ourselves as each other. Humanity is us, so to speak.
July 9, 2020/by tac

Prayer During a Time of Crisis by Gene Ciarlo

In our modern world, religion is the last port in a storm. We can put our good theology and moral teachings in modern dress so that the world might sit up and take notice.
May 15, 2020/by tac

Letter to the Invisible Faithful by Fr. Jean-Miguel Garrigues, OP

May this unusual period become an opportunity for us to discover another aspect of the church, an aspect which is invisible but nevertheless very real: the communion of saints.
May 15, 2020/by tac

Suffering unto God by Michael Ford

During these anxious weeks, I have found myself becoming more attuned to beauty, the beauty of our created world and the beauty of our interpersonal relationships. Ironically, even though we have to keep further apart these days, everyone seems suddenly so much closer.
May 15, 2020/by tac

Staying Sane While Secluded by Rose Marie Dunphy

While suffering marks our character, acts of kindness go a long way in making us whole. These are the moments our humanity can shine through and a new normal, one better than the one we left behind, can emerge.
May 15, 2020/by tac

A Spiritual Sisterhood of Faithful Women by Dorothy Yeomans

As a woman I claim this profound gift: love is poured out on me; I am then empowered to pour it out on others, as the women in my life have done so beautifully.
April 8, 2020/by tac

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