Blog Posts for "Grace"

Walking Barefoot

St. Theresa of Avila Romans 3:21-30; Luke 11:47-54 Today the Church remembers St. Theresa of Avila, the founder of the Discalced or "Shoeless" Carmelites. Going barefoot may seem like fun at first; but for Theresa it was serious business!  Her decision to cast off her shoes was driven by reform:  she wanted a community that really embraced evangelical poverty and simplicity and would renew not only her order but the wider Church, too.  Then as now, living barefoot was as challenging as it was symbolic.  The bottoms of human feet are especially sensitive to temperature and...

Full of Grace

Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary Micah 5:1-4a; Matthew 1:1-26, 28-23   As I proclaimed the gospel at the Noon Mass at St. Xavier University today, I thought, “Whew…that’s a lot of names!”  Genealogies are like that. Scripture scholars suggest that the three sets of fourteen generations—from Abraham to David, from David to the Babylonian Exile, and from the Exile to Jesus—are symbolic, since the first verse refers to Jesus as “Son of Abraham” (the one with whom God first established the covenant) and “Son...

Going Positive

St. Barnabas, Apostle Acts 11:21b-26, 13:1-3 During the six years that I was privileged to serve our province as Provincial Minister, one of the happier and occasionally more challenging tasks I had was to conduct visitations with our communities and friars.  Visitation something that is considered so essential to our fraternal life that it is explicitly noted in our Constitutions as one of the Provincial’s (as well as the General Minister’s) duties.  Most visitations were pretty routine.  However, a few were made more urgent and even difficult by something that was going on...

Luck of the Draw or God's Will?

St. Matthias, Apostle Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; John 15:9-17 How do discern God’s will from what is merely a matter of chance or circumstances?  Our human tendency, or at least a temptation, is to pray that God’s will be done…especially if it’s what we already want! When the Eleven decided that they needed to find someone to replace Judas, they did several things:  they set some criteria for whom would be considered; they prayed about it and asked that God choose between the top two candidates, Matthias or Joseph (aka Barsabbas...

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