Reflections

Reflections

Reflections


Showing items for 'October 2016'

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C (Oct. 30, 2016)

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There is something in the human heart that delights in tiny, carefully crafted things. For many people, a toy soldier painted in exquisite detail in the colors of a particular Napoleonic regiment, or a dollhouse Chippendale desk with real marquetry and drawers that open and close, possess a...

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C (Oct. 23, 2016)

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I am a big fan of English detective fiction. There are few things I’d rather read than a mystery story from the 1920’s or 30’s. My all-time favorites are the Father Brown stories of G. K. Chesterton. Father Brown is the first, and greatest, of the priest-detectives. To...

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C (Oct. 16, 2016)

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Our Gospel reading today has a modern ring to it. We find it easy to relate to the story of the woman and the unjust judge. Our newspapers and the Internet are full of accounts of people demanding their rights, and of officials grudgingly granting them. For example, you hear a lot of rights...

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C (Oct. 9, 2016)

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I am a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the religious order that founded the University of Portland. Before taking his first vows, every Holy Cross religious undergoes a year of intense spiritual training called the Novitiate Year. Our novitiate takes place in a big house on a large...

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C (Oct. 2, 2016)

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Let’s imagine an alien civilization has discovered that there is intelligent life on Earth. They send a scout to learn about us. We’ll need a name for the scout. Let’s call him Bob. The mission is Bob’s first assignment, and he’s anxious to do well. He settles his...