October 7, 2018

Waiting for the Proof of the Pudding

It’s “in the eating,” as the old proverb says.  But in the midst of the ongoing scandal of sex-abuse coverup in the church I want to point to a few people in high places who I think “get it” and are saying so.  We need to wait and see if […]
April 28, 2013

Enchantment as the Path

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
April 21, 2013

“…a Great Multitude, Which No One Could Count.”

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 14, 2013

Revelation — A Diagnostic Manual

At Mass during this 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.
April 7, 2013

The Book of Revelation (no “s”)

The second Scripture reading through the Easter Season this year is from the most puzzling book of the New Testament, Revelation. So here’s some background.
March 31, 2013

Practicing Catholic X: Easter Faith

First, a welcome to all who gather with us to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection but who are not part of our regular congregation from Sunday to Sunday! You are welcome!
March 24, 2013

Practicing Catholic IX: How to Go to Confession

Especially as we approach Holy Week and Easter, some people make it a practice to seek forgiveness for their sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called “Penance” or “Confession.”) Here’s a refresher course:
March 17, 2013

Practicing Catholic VIII: How to Go to Mass

I’m going to wrap up this “practicing Catholic” series with some tips on two central practices of Catholic worship fitting for Holy Week: Mass, and Confession. Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of Mass:
March 10, 2013

Practicing Catholic VII: Spreading the Good News

We learn to love by being loved well. Last week I encouraged you to think of the people who loved you into who you are right now. Let me tell you a story.
March 3, 2013

Practicing Catholic VI: Wise and Skillful Love

The British theologian Rosemary Haughton once said that the greatest fraud perpetrated on modern people was the conviction that “skill” doesn’t apply to loving.