Persistence and Prayer

As often as I have been affected and inspired by the words of today’s gospel, I think I have never before realized the degree of courage that is required if we are to live in the “persistence” Jesus describes. One of the greatest dangers of what we can call religious belief is its tendency to shade into, if not outrightly become, magical thinking. As the Buddha taught, all life is suffering. As Freud reminded us, we must learn to bear with the harshness of reality. And, of course, these are unpleasant truths. And so, we can resort to a way[read more]

Encountering the ‘Nones’

“When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come.” Luke 11: 2 In The Way of Perfection, St. Teresa of Avila, as she reflects on the teaching of prayer in the Our Father, tells her sisters quite simply that “wherever God is, there is heaven.” From this she goes on to speak about[read more]

A New Way of Seeing

The Lord said to Martha in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.  There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” Luke 10:41-2 Realizing my agitated state of mind, a good friend sent me last evening a reflective[read more]

In the Belly of the Whale

Then they took Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea’s raging abated.  Struck with great fear of  the Lord, the men offered sacrifice and made vows to him.  But the Lord sent a large fish, that swallowed Jonah; and Jonah remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. [read more]

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to implore the favor of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts: In those days ten men of every nationality, speaking different tongues, shall take hold, yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment[read more]

Faithfulness and Justice

They shall be my people, and I will be their God, with faithfulness and justice. Zechariah 8:8 “For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” Luke 9: 48 We are reminded with the words of Zechariah that the God of Israel and our God is a[read more]

Considering What We Are Doing

Now thus says the Lord of hosts: / Consider your ways!  You have sown much, but have brought in little; / you have eaten, but have not been satisfied; / You have drunk, but have not been exhilarated; / have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed; / And whoever earned wages / earned them for[read more]

Take Nothing For The Journey

“Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic.  Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.  And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against[read more]

Letting Our Light Be Seen

“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.”[read more]

Be Thankful

And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  Col. 3:16 Stop judging and you will not be judged.  Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.  Forgive and[read more]