“And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.” — Matthew 17:2 The Gospel reading from this past Second Sunday of Lent was about the Transfiguration of Jesus (Matthew 17:1-9). As John Foley, SJ, explains: “The apostles suddenly behold Jesus with his divinity shining forth. It … Continue reading Dazzling white
“The choices we make in our daily lives either push us away from God or draw us more closely to him.” — IgnatianSpirituality.com It’s interesting how the sequence of events can affect your decisions. At my job I receive many promotional emails, usually because I have filled out an online form to receive “free” information. … Continue reading “An eye for an eye”
I have heard it said that it is easy to admire the teachings of Jesus, but it is difficult to follow them. In December I blogged about Aelred R. Rosser, a Catholic priest who wrote books on how to interpret and effectively proclaim Bible readings at Mass on Sundays and on holy days. His message for … Continue reading Revolutionary Christianity
Happy Ash Wednesday! Relatives, friends, and I are reading "The Little Black Book," published by the Diocese of Saginaw, MI. It contains "six-minute reflections on the Passion according to John." Last Sunday's reflection was about prayer. It explained that prayer is “simply tuning in to God’s presence … within me at the deepest part of … Continue reading Who I truly am
When people disagree with us, scripture says to reconcile with them.
I took my daughter’s dog, Travis, for a walk this morning. He is a puggle, born in Texas (where he was adopted) and now living in New England. I don’t know if he prefers the warm weather of his birthplace, but he has short fur, so in the winter we dress him in sweaters, parkas, … Continue reading “Let your light shine before others”
In the past two weeks or so I attended the baptism of my older daughter's nephew (the son of her husband's brother), for whom she is the godmother; a birthday party for my 29-year-old son; a wake for the 56-year-old brother of my son’s father-in-law; and a memorial service for the 89-year-old mother of my … Continue reading Strength in numbers