Blog Posts for "Prayer"

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...

Post-Election Reflection

Dedication of St. John Lateran Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17; John 2:13-22   Well, it’s over.  Regardless of how divided our nation seems or how one feels about last night’s results, one thing I hope that we can agree on is the need to pray for those whom we’ve entrusted with public office.  They have a lot of work in front of them.  We do, too.  Building greater and deeper communion among the diverse groups of people is a quintessentially Catholic task, and today’s readings remind us...

“A State of False Intensity”

In “Generation Adderall,” her article in the October 16 edition of the New York Times Magazine, author Casey Schwartz describes her decade-long addiction to a drug intended to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Millions of prescriptions for this form of amphetamine every year, and an illicit market has developed at many high schools, colleges and universities.  Like many addicts seeking to get free from the object of their dependency, Schwartz found her early weeks of recovery and withdrawal difficult.  But she also found something else: Even in those first faltering weeks, there were consolations. ...

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