June 16, 2019

The Next Good Step (What Really Matters, XIII)

I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. – Jesus to his disciples in today’s Gospel [Jn 16:12] This line of Jesus has always seemed to me one of the most merciful, yet ignored, things he ever said.  Jesus clearly recognizes that, for most of […]
June 16, 2019

The Next Good Step (What Really Matters, XIII)

I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. – Jesus to his disciples in today’s Gospel [Jn 16:12] This line of Jesus has always seemed to me one of the most merciful, yet ignored, things he ever said.  Jesus clearly recognizes that, for most of […]
June 9, 2019

Infinite and Ungraspable (What Really Matters, XII)

It is important to have a secret, a premonition of things unknown. It fills life with something impersonal, a numinosum. A man who has never experienced that has missed something important. He must sense that he lives in a world which in some respect is mysterious; that things happen and […]
June 2, 2019

Entering the City through its Gates (What Really Matters, XI)

Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds. Blessed are they who…have the right…to enter the City through its gates. Revelation 22:12-14 [today’s second Reading] God’s judgment on our deeds is an unpopular topic.  But the Bible ends […]
May 26, 2019

Twelve Gates to the City (What Really Matters, IX

[The Angel] showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven from God… Its wall was of a great height and had twelve gates… — Rev. 21:10ff, today’s second reading The description goes on: city walls of diamond, streets of gold, foundations of precious stones…  A city that’s […]
May 19, 2019

Enchantment as the Path (What Really Matters, VIII)

I saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. — Revelation 21:2, NEB A theology professor used to ask his seminary students to tell the story of the whole Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, in one […]
May 12, 2019

Revelation (No “s”)

[Note: This column was supposed to run last week, May 5, and the column that in fact ran was for today, May 12, so the Scripture reference in that column was incorrect.  So here is “last week’s” column. My apology for the confusion.]
May 5, 2019

“…a Great Multitude, Which No One Could Count.” (What Really Matters, VII)

I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation…  Then one of the Elders said to me, “These are the ones who have … washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. …  God will wipe away […]
April 28, 2019

Revelation – A Diagnostic Manual (What Really Matters – VI)

At Mass during this year’s Easter season we hear the highlight passages of the Book of Revelation.  If you’ve ever tried to read the whole thing, you know that a lot of the good stuff gets left out. At Mass we miss out on “the Four Horsemen,” “the Sea of […]
April 21, 2019

Transformation (What Really Matters – V)

Happy Easter! I anticipate that many of you reading this don’t come to Mass every week but are here because it’s a special day.  First, welcome! Second, I’d like to follow up here on what I wrote last week (Palm Sunday).  My theme then was that there is no escape […]