Reflections

Reflections

Reflections


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First Sunday of Advent, Cycle A (Nov. 27, 2016)

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For years, my friend Father Rafael lived at a missionary institute in England. Amongst his other responsibilities, he was in charge of finances. Some renovations at the institute uncovered a dilapidated Victorian fireplace. The chimney was in terrible condition: well on it’s way to...

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Nov. 20, 2016)

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When I was an undergraduate, I took a course called “Introduction to English Literature,” from a professor who believed in starting at the beginning. For the first couple of weeks the class studied Beowulf, a three thousand line poem, composed in the eighth century, and regarded as...

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C (Nov. 13, 2016)

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Imagine that you are a dancer in an internationally acclaimed ballet company. (If I can imagine it, I’m sure you can.) The company is in the last stages of preparation for their first public performance of a wonderfully elaborate and spectacular ballet in the classical tradition...

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C (Nov. 6, 2016)

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If you were to ask a Jewish scholar why God chose to speak to Moses out of a burning bush, you might be told that the bush represents the people of Israel. The bush was burning with a bright flame, yet it was not consumed. In the same way, God’s chosen people are continually suffering, yet...