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Where Do We Go From Here?

In its Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision released last week (June 24, 2022), the United States Supreme Court did what prolife advocates were hoping for. They overturned Roe vs. Wade. I found my heart heavy with the news. I am certainly prolife but I worry about how much negative response there will be […]

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (see 5a)Galatians 5:1, 13-18Luke 9:51-62June 26, 2022 Today’s gospel passage begins a new section in Luke’s gospel that will continue until the time for Jesus’ Passion draws near. Jesus “resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem.” Jesus is making a physical […]

Leadership in the Rule of St. Benedict

This is my sixth and final article offering reflections based on my reading of Judith Valente’s book, How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing. 2018). You can see the five previous articles as follows: “Being Spiritual in the World Today”, “Striving to be Disciples of […]

Do We Understand What It is We Receive?

“In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine” to Abram (who would become known as Abraham). This was ordinary bread and wine. One day Jesus will offer something far greater than ordinary bread and wine. As Jesus speaks to the crowds, his disciples are aware of the people’s needs. So, they […]

Living Simply as Instruments of God’s Mercy

This is my fifth article offering reflections based on my reading of Judith Valente’s book, How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing. 2018). You can see the four previous articles as follows: “Being Spiritual in the World Today”, “Striving to be Disciples of Christ.”, “Overcoming […]

The Most Holy Trinity, Year C – Homily

The Most Holy Trinity, Year CProvers 8:22-31 Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (2a) Romans 5:1-5John 16:12-15 June 12, 2022 Our Easter season is over and we have resumed Ordinary Time.  Today we celebrate a special solemnity, The Most Holy Trinity.  You will not find the word “trinity” in the Bible.  The word was first used by […]

Community and Balance of Work in the Rule of St. Benedict

This is my fourth article offering some reflections based on my reading of Judith Valente’s book, How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing. 2018). You can see the three previous articles as follows: “Being Spiritual in the World Today”, “Striving to be Disciples […]

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

Today we draw our Easter season to a close with our celebration of Pentecost. As our first reading begins, “When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, there were all in one place together.” For the Jews, it was the time for Pentecost as they celebrated it. For Jesus’ disciples, Jesus had told them to wait […]