Blog Posts from May, 2016

Cultivating the Virtue of Humility

Straw of the rice.08oct9 Tuesday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time James 4:1-10; Mark 9:30-37 Martin Luther disparagingly called the Letter of James “the straw epistle” because what he perceived to be its emphasis on good works and ethical conduct over the saving grace of God.  But for something supposedly made of straw, it can still deliver a strong moral punch even centuries after it was written. The author of this letter was a realist and a sharp observer and critic of when the gospel was preached but not lived.  In today’s passage, for example, he excoriates

New Vocation Director

Br. steve 2 Let the brothers not be possessive of their work. Rather, let them be committed and open to the needs of the local fraternity, the circumscription, and the Order, and always ready to move on. -Constitutions of the Capuchin Friars Minor, 79 The philosopher Heraclitus supposedly said, “the only thing constant in life is change”. As I reflect on the changes happening in my life at this moment, I find some consolation in the constancy of change. Change is natural and good and has the ability to lead us- when we trust God to accompany us- to experience

Today’s Word is a Letter: ‘P’ Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter Acts 20:28-38; Psalm 68; John 17:11b-19 Like many Americans my age and younger, our young lives were shaped by a TV show that debuted on November 10, 1969 (only a year after CTU opened) and had a theme song that we almost learned by heart:  Sunny days/sweeping the clouds away/ On my way to where the air is sweet/ Can you show me how to get/how to get to…. Sesame Street!—Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter P.  In our scripture readings, we hear

Exile and Redemption

5692627462 4ac440cf3d b St. Athanasius St. Athanasius (+ 373 CE) was Bishop or Metropolitan Patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, one of the great sees of the early church.  However, he spent the majority of his service in exile because he championed the teaching of the Council of Nicea (325 CE) that Jesus was fully divine as well as fully human.  The Arians, a heretical and powerful group at the time, denied the divinity of Christ and they used their political influence with various emperors to have Athanasius exiled not once or twice but five times over the course of his episcopacy.  Undeterred by this