Wednesday, March 16, 2016

O Eternal God, now may it please you to burn in love so that we become the limbs fashioned in the love you felt when you begot your Son at the first dawn before all creation. And consider this need which falls upon us, take it from us for the sake of your Son, and … [Read more…]

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

There is always the temptation in life to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for years on end. It is all so self conscience, so apparently moral…But I won’t have it. The world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous…more extravagant and bright. We are…raising tomatoes when we should be … [Read more…]

Monday, March 14, 2016

As many of you may know, I have the opportunity this year to be a hospital chaplain at Mass. General. A few months ago someone asked me, as we discussed my work, “Have you ever seen someone die?” I replied, “Yes, everyday!” Or so it seemed to me that week. In reality, my days and … [Read more…]

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Thomas Merton says the real freedom begins often as an experience more deeply in situations where we have no choice – that’s where we begin to discover freedom. He speaks about response-freedom describing coming down to the refectory for the evening meal. It’s Lent and in the monastery the meal is always the same; you … [Read more…]

Friday, March 11, 2016

Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-ey’d Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning If I lack’d anything. “A guest,” I answer’d, “worthy to be here”; Love said, “You shall be he.” “I, the unkind, the ungrateful? … [Read more…]

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The real quest for our prayer is to learn to pray our lives, and that kind of praying both begins and ends in an acknowledgment: we know our life is not our own but belongs to God; it’s not in our control and it’s not on our own time. — Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.” Julian of Norwich, 1342-1416

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Eleven months ago, I got the news that my then nine-year-old grandson Levi had been diagnosed with medulla blastoma, a malignant brain tumor.  This devastating news was made worse because of the deep dysfunction and nearly complete lack of communication within the family. Almost one year later, Levi is just back from a Disney cruise … [Read more…]

Monday, March 7, 2016

“I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.” These words from a familiar hymn usually come to my mind almost every day lately.  For me, to follow Jesus means to pray every day, listen to what Jesus might have to say to me.  I have faced many difficult situations, losing my … [Read more…]

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Given everything you have had to face in your life, how in the world have you made it?  Draw on that memory, and the memory of God’s presence in the past to inform your faith in the future, that you may know Christ and make him known in a world dying to love his love. … [Read more…]