Blog Posts for "Prayer"

Indictment and Aspiration

Matthew 18:21-35 “and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;” Between Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Hours and an occasional decade of the rosary, I pray those words several times every day.  That frequency may partially explain why I can easily take them for granted. I sometimes fail to ponder their import.  There’s a good reason why:  it would be too scary.  The truth is, I am not always forgiving and those words of the Lord’s Prayer can read like an indictment.  Forgiveness is...

Laying It All Out There

(St. Frances of Rome) Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-35; Matthew 7:7-12   We often admire people who at least appear to “lay it all out there” or “tell it like it is.”  Esther did that in her prayer for her fellow Jews, who faced genocide instigated by a vain official who couldn’t understand and despised their allegiance to their faith and their God.  She—a queen—and those with her prostrated themselves as she prayed before God, asking for mercy, protection and justice.  Yet Jesus reminds us that...

other people's funerals

    It has now been over six months at the novitiate.     What are the possible symptoms of such a prolonged stay in the realm of contemplation?     One might very well acquire an outlook of prayer, gentleness, and silence. Perhaps half of a year of novitiate could transform an ordinary young man into a saintly friar. Maybe this is when friars can start preaching to birds.          To be honest, it hasn’t gone totally according to that plan. As it turns out, six months at the novitiate...

Nothing Will be Impossible for God

I sit down to write this having just returned from Mass at the Missionary of Charity Convent on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The Gospel reading for Mass today (one of two choices) was the Annunciation, which was read now for the second time in a few days and will be heard again soon!  As I reflect on the Our Lady of Guadalupe, I am struck by one line of the Gospel in particular, that I think speaks volumes about what this Feast truly means: “Nothing will be impossible for God”. It's only...

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